Why did Christianity succeed in the Roman empire? Why didn't it just disappear? Does persecution make a group stronger?

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WHY DID CHRISTIANITY SUCCEED IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE?

anyone could become a Christian

it was easy to move around Rome

common languages, the ideas spread quickly

persecution makes a group stronger

impossible to destroy an idea

THESIS

Even though Christians were persecuted, the religion spread along the Roman Empire at a glance. This was due to the road system in Rome, the common languages spoken by the people and to the fact that anyone could convert to Christianity.

ROAD SYSTEM

Romans had an amazing road system whose all the roads led to Rome

this aloud to the news to travel quickly

many people found out about the religion and just joined it

Roman roads transported information very quick

LANGUAGE

the empire had bonds such as language that kept it strong

due to the language everyone was united and they could understand each other with ease

language help spread the religion

if there was no common language the ideas would travel too slow

because there was a common language everyone could understand each other

and the religion ideas spread quickly

RELIGION RULES

one o the things Jesus wanted to change in Judaism was the idea of converting

Jews had to many laws about converting and people did not want ot bother with them

the religion was new and it allowed anyone who wanted to join

no class distinctions

CONCLUSION

anyone could become a Christian

it was easy to move around Rome

common languages, the ideas spread quickly

persecution makes a group stronger

impossible to destroy an idea

NEW IDEA

Christianity spread because it gave people hope, it was the only way to forget about the terrible things that were going on in the Empire

SABINA ABAYEVA

28TH MAY 2007

BLOCK G

WHY DID CHRISTIANITY SPREAD AND SUCCEED?

The Ancient Romans were polytheistic, thus believed in pagan gods and worshipped idols. After some time, a new religion called Christianity rose among the people of Judea. However, as soon as it appeared the Romans started to persecute Christians for not worshipping the emperor and for refusing to go to the army. Even though Christians were persecuted, the religion spread around the Roman Empire at a glance. This was due to the road system in Rome, the common languages spoken by the people, to the fact that anyone could convert to Christianity and finally that it was impossible to destroy an idea.

The Roman Empire had an amazing road system which bonded the gigantic empire. When Christianity appeared, the idea of the religion traveled quickly due to the roads that led to Rome. In a few days Romans knew what and where was everything happening. If it wasn't for the roads Christianity wouldn't have spread so quickly. However due to the Roman road system it did. The roads not only unified the whole empire but also contributed into spreading the new religion around it. However if it wasn't for the Latin language, the Christian ideas wouldn't spread that fast. The Latin language was one the major bonds of the Roman Empire. In addition it played a huge role in spreading of Christianity. Everyone in Rome spoke one official language. So the success of Christianity was also due to the common language Latin. Finally, the road system helped a lot with the spreading of Christianity, however without the common language, Latin; it would never spread as fast.

One of the things Jesus wanted to change in Judaism was the conversion rules. He didn't like the fact that people had to do a lot of things in order to become Jewish. Jews didn't want people to convert to their religion that is why they made the rules harsh. Jesus on the other hand tried to simplify Judaism and later it became known as a separate religion Christianity. What was interesting in Christianity is that fact that anyone could become a Christian, no matter what they did, where they lived or who they were. Christianity spread because of its appeal to those who led hard...
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