Events That Changed the Course of History

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LaCourtney French
Instructor, Staci Glover
History 101-2B
28 March 2011

Religion has been around since the beginning of time. Even before there were the dominant religions such as Catholicism and Christianity, the first humans had different things that they served and worshipped. During the evolution of mankind, religion also evolved and transformed. There are many events that have greatly affected the course of religion and has alowed it to blossom into what it is today. Three events that I feel changed the course of religion in history are the Edict of Milan, the production of the first printed Bible, and Luther’s “95 Theses”.

In many instances, certain religions have not always been accepted, as with the case of Christianity. To follow a Christian path would have likely gotten one killed prior to 313. Persecution was common for being a Christian, and martyrdom was not uncommon. During this time, there was not much religious tolerance. However, the Edict of Milan, signed by Emperor Constantine the Great in the West and Licinius Augustus in the East, changed all of that. This agreement allowed for Christianity to be fully practiced without any hindrance. “The Edict of Milan helped lead to the merger between the Christian religion and the state.” ˡ The edict has demanded the restitution of all confiscated property from Christians. This merger gave way to the rise of Christianity. One of the edict’s key provisions was,

“Our purpose is to grant both to the Christians and to all others full authority to follow whatever worship each person has desired, whereby whatsoever Divinity dwells in heaven may be benevolent and propitious to us, and to all who are placed under our authority. Therefore we thought it salutary and most proper to establish our purpose that no person whatever should be refused complete toleration, who has given up his mind either to the cult of the Christians or to the religion which he personally feels best suited to himself. It is...
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