History 424 (Early Church History)

The emergence and growth of Christianity is probably the single most important turning point in all of history.  The spread of Christianity in the Roman Empire ultimately brought about changes in virtually every aspect of life, changes that continue to affect the world today.  This class will examine the process by which the Christian church grew from a hated and persecuted fringe group to become the single most powerful force within the Roman Empire.  Readings will include the New Testament and Eusebius of Caesarea's History of the Church.

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