Constantine and Cicinnus were two men beloved to God and hence, God proved their ally and helped them defeat their foes (Eusebius, 359). There were significant changes that were witnessed when Constantine who was already a strong ruler converted to Christianity. Constantine’s co... ... middle of paper ... ...ool to rule his subjects and gave freedom to Christians to practice their religion. However, he failed to see the future consequences and failed at treating Christianity at par with other religions as paganism. He also failed to see that he gave more and more power to the Church in the administrative affairs that resulted in diminished imperial rule.
Due to such ambition, the expansion of Christianity and Catholicism largely impacted the development of Western Civilization and our culture today with Christianity being “the dominant religion within our planet” (Backman 206). The idea of a Christian church or organization was formed so that those who followed the faith could have a foundation for worship. Such organizations basic structure derived after the resurrection of Jesus and through the efforts of spreading Christianity from word of mouth. Although such interactions helped jumpstart the development of Christianity, there were still very few followers within the Roman Empire due to the Christian prosecutions and the Roman idea that Christians lacked proper loyalty; the Romans didn’t feel as though the Christians were true patriots of Rome therefore they wanted to rid her (Rome) of them. Because of such ideals, what little Christians that did reside within Rome “practiced their faith in private, gathering in homes, in remote spots outside the city, in caves, or in warehouses—Wherever they might escape notice” (Backman 221).
Christianity had an elaborate undermining in the sculpting of medieval Europe through its role in government, construction of religious buildings and devastating crusades. Community ideas, zeal and rivalry where things that pushed Christians to build extensively around their faith. People in the middle ages where often divided and needed organization. Christianity gave people a connection and allowed them to come together and meet like a social event (Medieval World). Christianity in the middle ages was like a large community organization.
In addition to this, the Church restricted modernist thoughts due to the belief that new theologies would threaten the power and authority of the Church, but ... ... middle of paper ... ...e and secure atmosphere for all Christian adherents. Furthermore, the renewal and rejuvenation of the Catholic Church makes Pope John a major reformer of the 20th century and a significantly large influencer during his time. He made universal and worldwide impacts to religious adherents by reforming and revitalizing the Christian traditions through achieving ressourcement, aggiornamento. In addition, his passion for unity amongst Christian faiths and interfaith dialogue, world peace and economic justice also furthered his impact not only within the Catholic Church but also in other Christian denominations. Moreover, in the short time of Pope John’s authority and power within the Catholic Church, the contributions and achievements he made had a substantially large impact to the Christian traditions as he brought the Catholic Church into the modern era,
It led to rampant persecutions of other religions which is anything but Christian like. Subjectively, it did help to strengthen the Church. Christianity was given opportunities it did not have before. It was given the ability to be the dominant religion. However, it did give the emperor the opportunity to impede on the powers of the papacy, leaving things open to trouble.
Power is something that everyone craves and desires to have for their own benefit or to help others. The leaders among people hold a great deal of that power, and are forced to compete with each other or make compromises if they want more power. Around the time between 700 A.D and 900 A.D, the church was an influential source of power that was constantly gaining it. The emperors of the Byzantine Empire were also an influential power who still wanted more power. The pressing strength of the church was looming over them, and the emperors felt that a way they could gain more power would be to take over the church and control it.
The rise of Christianity in western civilization is arguably among the most important memories in history. There is no denying what the spread of Christianity has done for the world, for better or worse. Its impact on western civilizations is unrivaled and unprecedented. Christianity slowly became something for many individuals to turn to; in times of hurt its provided comfort, in times of pleasure it has given thanks. The will and belief for salvation has driven individuals to be better, and to have a reference while in need.
Following baptism, all things Christian engulfed a child of the Middle Ages from the teachings of prayers, to learning one’s responsibilities to God and the Church. All were expected to follow the Church’s law and support it financially by paying heavy taxes. Besides collecting taxes, the Church also accepted gifts from individuals in exchange for special favors. While a significant departure from the core message of Christianity, the Church became very powerful through the practice of exchanging Church influence and doctrine for granting individual indulgences. Consequently, the Church often used this power to influence kings to do, as it wanted.
During the 1500s, the Roman Catholic Church was very powerful in western Europe. The church controlled both spiritual and political matters, although there were a number of other political forces at work. Initially, the reformation began as an effort to reform the church by a number of priests who were not in agreement with what the felt were false doctrines as well as ecclesiastic malpractice. Reformers were particularly in opposition to the selling of indulgences in addition to the selling and purchasing of the clerical offices, which they perceived as corruption within the church. Between the 1300s and 1400, the church was plagued by internal power struggles, and was ruled by 3 popes at the same time.
He used his charismatic authority to gain the support of the people and the influence over the Emperors to make decisions that would empower the Christian Church is remarkable in a time when just a century before there was immense amount of persecution towards Christian believers. Saint Ambrose was the determining force in the early history of Christianity that allowed the rise and shift of power that permitted the church to become the governing force in the Roman Empire.