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