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Since it was found to be heretical by the Conciliar bishops, the Nicene Creed is no longer recited in churches today.
In AD 310, with the Edict of Milan, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.
Jerome was a 4th century monk who translated the Bible into Latin, in a version known as the Vulgate.
At least since the 2nd century, there were two principal parts in a communion service:
1. Extensive public reading of Scripture with hymn-singing and prayer.
2. The celebration of the bread and wine, which was not open to the public.
The word monk comes from the Greek word meaning solitary because early monks often sought to be alone with God.
During the early period of Christianity, believers were sometimes accused of cannibalism because of misunderstandings with Christian charitable practices and the language associated with the communion service.
Donatism was one of the schisms in Christianity whose basis was the restoration of Christians who had "lapsed" after persecution.
As the western Roman Empire declined, it was replaced by a number of small competing barbarian kingdoms.
Tertulian, a North African theologian, said "Outside the church there is no salvation.. no one can have God as his Father who does not have the church as his mother."
Christians during the Roman period were often though of as ignorant and superstitious because they often drew their converts from uneducated rabble.
Eusebius, who became Bishop of Caesarea, wrote a number of books, the most important was Church History.
Athanasius of Alexandria participated in the Synod of Sirmium, which brought about a settlement of the Arian controversy.
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