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The Spread of Christianity Offered 1 Redemptions of sins personal immortality and future life where material adversities are absent 2 Easy message from Jesus that everyone could understand 3 Free of cumbersome regulations Judaism and costly rituals Mystery Cults 4 Accessible to all- male female rich poor free or a slave 5 Its Historical Credibility- The fact that Jesus had lived among men and women and practiced the morality he preached Roman Empire at the Time The was a large gap between the rich and the poor The majority of the people were the poor Attempts to restore Roman Values Octavian did not stop imperialism and bureaucratic corruption Germanic tribes were migrating west and attacking Romes borders Official Approval 1Failed to win official approval from Roman government Christianity was monotheistic Refused to worship emperor as divine Denied existence of Roman gods Christians refused to serve in Roman army Rome tried to annihilate Christians Destroyed Jerusalem Christian converts expelled from Rome Those who refused to make sacrifices to Roman gods were tortured burned beheaded or thrown to wild beasts Edict of Milan Christians faced their deaths joyously shocking Roman audiences In 313 Constantine issues Edict of Milan which proclaimed religious toleration in the West It liberated Christians from physical and political oppression and encouraged the development of Christianity as a legitimate faith They were free to establish uniform doctrine of belief and administrative hierarchy the rituals of worship and a symbolic vocabulary By the late fourth century Christianity became official religion of Roman
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