The expansion of Christianity

Menno Fenger and Paul Henman

in Rome in Late Antiquity

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780748612390
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651009 | DOI:
The expansion of Christianity

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In the course of the fourth and fifth centuries, Roman Christianity experienced some divisive arguments, which, even if of small importance when compared with the conflicts raging in the eastern churches, nevertheless allowed certain minorities – such as Manichaeans, Arians and Novatians – to maintain a presence in the city. As early as the mid-fourth century, even before Christianity became the only religion upheld by the state, the bishop of Rome enjoyed an eminent position at the heart of Roman society. The gradual conversion to Christianity of the aristocratic strata of Roman society during the fourth and early fifth centuries led rich Romans to practise the evangelical duty of charity. Christian liturgy was influenced not by pagan rituals, but by imperial protocol.

Keywords: Christianity; Manichaeans; Arians; Novatians; religion; Rome; charity; liturgy; rituals

Chapter.  6004 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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