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The History Of Christianity New Zealand Ncea Level 1 R.E Assement. "The Conversion Of Constantine" "Henry Viii's Deceleration Of Church Of England" "The Crusades"

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The Conversion of ConstantineOutline:Date and Place: Constantine was born in AD 275 and in AD 313 in Milan gave a statement that all religions had equal rights. He died in AD 337.Summary: Constantine was the first emperor of Rome to become a Christian. During his reign, Christians regained freedom of worship, and the Christian church became legal. He rebuilt Byzantium and renamed it Constantinople and made it his capital. He shifted the Roman Empire's strength from Rome to the eastern provinces which then led to the foundations of the Byzantine Empire. In 325, Constantine presided over the first ecumenical (general) council of the Christian Church. The council met in Nicaea to deal with disputes among Christians. The council drew up a statement of beliefs called the Nicene Creed. Constantine was baptized a Christian on his death bed. The empire was then passed onto his sons.Significant People: Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus is the major person involved in this topic. He was born in Naissa and the roman army proclaimed him emperor when his father died. The Roman empire was divided and several claimants struggled for power. In 312 Constantine attacked Maxentius and won at a battle at the Milivian Bridge. He is said to have had a vision the he would win if he fought under the cross. After his victory he became a strong supporter of Christianity. Emperor Licinius and Constantine arranged a partnership in 313. After 10 years of dividing the empire the two emperors fought and a victory by Constantine made him the sole ruler.Significant Ideas: The most significant idea is that of how Christianity suddenly over-throwed the pagan religion that had dominated Romans for centuries. This changed would have influenced all people of the empire and with the decree that made all religions have equal rights, Christians now found themselves able to practice their beliefs without being persecuted.Background and Context:Political Context: The conversion of Constantine changed the way the Roman Empire was run until it collapsed in the 5th century. From now on, the emperor's would be Christian. The Roman government acknowledges the Christian belief and they were able to have freedom of worship.Social Context: Finally all the Christians that had been persecuted for their beliefs were free to do as they please. The roman population started to head off in the Christian direction as their leader had instead of following their pagan gods. But the change also affected other religions. All religions were equal and were given equal rights.Church Context: The Christians were given freedom of worship. Now more people, who were scared of the laws, would join the Christian religion. There would be an influx of followers with citizens following their Emperor's belief. This is the first time in History that the Christians were able to worship freely.Consequences:Before the conversion of Constantine many Christians would have to live in caves in hiding from the authorities....

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