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Growth of Christianity 30-313 AD

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Apostolic Succession
each bishop follows in the the leadership of the apostles and Jesus
Gnostic
comes from the Greek word that means knowledge
Nero
Emperor, thought to have been responsible for the burning of Rome 64AD and the deaths of Peter and Paul
313
year that Christianity is legalized all over the Roman Empire
Edict of Milan
law that tolerates (legalizes) Christianity
Constantine
Roman Emperor, issued Edict of Milan
400
year the New Testament is finalized
303
year that begins the "Great Persecution"
Diocletian
Emperor responsible for the "Great Persecution"
Gnosticism
name given to the movement of those who claimed to have special knowledge about Jesus
catholic
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.
martyr
Someone who dies for their faith