History 424 (Early
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.