Decline of Paganism:
Criticized by philosophers.
Discredited by introduction of Emperor Worship
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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