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From Jesus to Christianity: A History of the Early Church by Thomas F. Madden

From Jesus to Christianity: A History of the Early Church

by Thomas F. Madden

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Entrusting the apostles to continue the work he had started by instructing them to "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit...," Jesus kindled the fires of a new religion in a world largely dominated by polytheism, cult leader worship, and mysticism. In the first century of its existence, Christianity was both welcomed and vilified throughout the Roman Empire. Many of Christianity's original adherents were martyred - murdered by those who believed it a danger to their authority or, at the very least, the cause of unrest among an otherwise docile populace.

Christians themselves practiced their religion with great diversity, linked as much to local influences as theology. Political intrigue, theological beliefs, and simple misunderstandings created a need for dialogue between the many practitioners of the growing faith.

Christianity's adoption as the official faith of the Roman state tied it inexorably to the fortunes of the Empire. This also helped to create a gulf between the two main theological branches of the religion, which remain to this day.

Lecture 1 The Roman World

Lecture 2 Judaea in the Time of Christ

Lecture 3 The Age of the Apostles

Lecture 4 The Spread of Christianity

Lecture 5 The Organization of the Early Church

Lecture 6 Christian Heresies

Lecture 7 The Early Church Fathers

Lecture 8 Roman Persecutions

Lecture 9 The Conversion of Constantine

Lecture 10 Christianity as the Official Religion of Rome

Lecture 11 The Rise of Christian Monasticism

Lecture 12 The Latin Fathers

Lecture 13 Christianity and the Fall of Rome in the West

Lecture 14 Challenges from the East

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