Research Exercise 2
1. The Conversion of Constantine
Constantine is viewed as one of the greatest men to ever live. According to the Orthodox Church, they consider him as great as the holy Apostles. Writer of Church and Empire, John Meyendorff states, “No single human being in history has contributed…to the conversion of so many to the Christian faith.”  Similar to the thoughts of Meyendorf, Hardenbrook writes in his article the fact that Constantine was able to make such a huge impact on Christianity and assisting in thousands of converts by being outside of the churches four walls rather than in them. Better yet, he did all of that without fully committed to the Christian faith until near death (HArdenbrook, 2006).
 Meyendorff, John. “Church and Empire” Imperial Unity and Christian Divisions (Crestwood, NY, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1989) pg. 7.
Hardenbrook, Thaddaeus. "Endnotes." Emperor Constantine the Great (306 337): The Importance of His Faith in the History of the Church. N.p., 2006. Web. 01 Nov. 2013.
2. The impact of the Fall of the Western Empire on the Church
The fall of the Western Empire had various effects on the Church. This article points out just how the church was able to step in during this high level stress time to reform and renew the Empire’s governmental functions and duties. As a result the power increased and developed throughout Europe and changed the way all of Europe operated. The Christian form of government became a replacement for the old ways and a new identity for the Western empire began to unfold. All in all, it was the Church that was able to revive the civilization of the Western Empire.
Warring, Diana. "Rise of the Church & Fall of the Roman Empire." Rise of the Church & Fall of the Roman Empire (n.d.): 21-60. Rise of the Church & Fall of the Roman Empire. Web. 4 Nov. 2013. .
3. The role of heretical Christianity on the advent of Islam
Early church leaders were...
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