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Apostolic Succession

each bishop follows in the the leadership of the apostles and Jesus


comes from the Greek word that means knowledge


Emperor, thought to have been responsible for the burning of Rome 64AD and the deaths of Peter and Paul


year that Christianity is legalized all over the Roman Empire

Edict of Milan

law that tolerates (legalizes) Christianity


Roman Emperor, issued Edict of Milan


year the New Testament is finalized


year that begins the "Great Persecution"


Emperor responsible for the "Great Persecution"


name given to the movement of those who claimed to have special knowledge about Jesus


means 'universal'

Four reasons Christianity spread rapidly between 34-313 AD

Roman peace, cultural unity, spiritual hunger, Christian example of love

Three ways the Church responds to correct gnosticism

Forms New testament, writes rule of faith, institutes apostolic succession

Obstacles to the growth of Christianity between 34 - 313 AD

Roman government's perception about early Christians and persecutions

Where did Gnostics claim they got their information

Greek thinkers, popular religions, magic, astrology

Three ideas Gnostics promoted

denied Jesus was human, born of a virgin, died on the cross

Who are Perpetua and Felicitas

early women martyrs, Felicitas was Perpetua's maid

Why did the Romans think the early Christians might have been cannibals

They misunderstood what Eucharist is, and thought that consuming the Eucharist was literally eating the Body and Blood of Jesus

Year and City the term Christians was first used

40 AD, Antioch

Five Characteristics of an Ecumenical Council

1. The Church recognizes an issue effecting the whole church 2. Meeting is called for all the church leaders 3. There is an open discussion of all sides of the issue with prayers to the Holy Spirit for guidance 4. A decision is made that is acceptable to all 5. A formal announcement is made of the conclusions.


Someone who dies for their faith

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