The Expansion of Christianity

Main Reasons

Decline of Paganism:

Criticized by philosophers.

Discredited by introduction of Emperor Worship

Immoral Mythologies.

Advantages of Christianity:

Offered means of salvation.

People could identify with the story of Jesus.

Offered a wholesome morality.

Christians made a positive impression on their neighbours, especially through their readiness to sacrifice their lives as martyrs under conditions of persecution.

The Result: Within a few centuries, Christianity had become a serious candidate for the Official Religion of the Roman Empire.

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