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All About History: Book of Christianity

All About History: Book of Christianity

All About History: Book of Christianity

The story of Christianity is arguably history’s most extraordinary. From its humble beginnings, shrouded in myth and mystery, to its rise to imperial status, the All About History Book of Christianity tells a story more than 2,000 years in the making. Covering the myriad crusades, schisms, movements and individuals that have made Christianity what it is today, this is a must-read for curious enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Discover how Christians went from being a minority group persecuted by the Roman state to becoming the official religion of the Roman Empire, gaining followers exponentially. Follow England’s King Richard the Lionheart on his quest to liberate the Holy Land and learn about the founding of the Knights Templar. Understand the roots of the Protestant Reformation and how it spread across Europe, changing Christianity forever. Find out how Christianity navigated the global conflicts of the 20th century, and how the worldwide faith plans to face the challenges of the 21st century.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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in this issue

1 min.
welcome to all about history book of christianity

Make sure you tidy as you go when shooting landscapes. At many of the popular sites I went to, I was met with this unsightly mess: litter that people had left after visiting. At best it blows around and ends up in your frame, meaning you either have to go and pick it up, or clone it out on the computer later; at worst it pollutes the environment and has a negative impact on the habitat and wildlife. Best practice is to leave the site as clean as when you arrived, or better still, cleaner. Covering the myriad crusades, schisms, movements and individuals that have made Christianity what it is today, this is a must-read for curious enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Discover how Christians went from being a minority group…

14 min.
key events of early christianity

DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST Golgotha 30 CE During His life, Jesus came to be viewed as a threat both by the Roman authorities and the Jewish council. It led to Him being brought before the Roman prefect of Judaea, Pontius Pilate, charged with claiming to be the King of the Jews, something which, according to Luke 23:3, He did not deny. Pilate ordered Jesus to be whipped and crucified, a harsh and shameful punishment often reserved for those seeking to challenge Roman rule or social order. But while Jesus was said to have died within six hours before being placed in a tomb, His followers came to believe that God raised Him from the dead on the third day. After spending 40 days appearing to numerous people, Christians say He ascended into…

14 min.
constantine i, the christian soldier

From the death of Christ up to 312–13, the Christian religion was simultaneously oppressed and growing in the Roman Empire. In fact, the more Christians were oppressed, the more their numbers grew. They began as a tiny minority religion in the Empire, and for a long time the Romans didn’t even make a distinction between them and another, rather more familiar, group of eccentric and awkward monotheists, the Jews. By 250 there were probably around a million Christians. Fifty years later, after the fiercest and most organised state persecution to date, there were more than six million Christians. After another 50 years – beginning with the Great Persecution, followed by toleration and then active sympathy and support – there were almost 34 million. It was a long, hard road, and…

1 min.
the saintly empress

According to some accounts, the future saint and dowager empress, Helena, was a barmaid when she met Constantius Chlorus, the young military officer she would go on to have a child with – the future emperor, Constantine. It’s not exactly clear whether they were married, and Constantine’s later opponents suggested that they weren’t. Constantius eventually left Helena for a political marriage. It isn’t known when Helena became a Christian, but as a young woman she fit the demographic for conversion well. This was also around the time of one of the epidemics that swept through the 3rd century Empire, this time claiming an emperor, Claudius II Gothicus. Helena would have witnessed the horror, and perhaps also the notable fortitude and mutual assistance of the Christians, and it isn’t unthinkable that this…

1 min.
byzantium, city of god?

It’s often said that Constantine decided to supersede pagan Rome by building a new, exclusively Christian city, Constantinople. Named after him, it would glorify both the emperor and his god. It is often considered to have been a revolutionary move, shifting the Empire’s centre of gravity away from Rome. As is so often the case with Constantine, the truth is more complex, and his ‘revolutionary’ act was to some extent a logical development of earlier practice, or at least in keeping with it. It had already been many years since Rome had been the political capital of the Empire. During the ‘fighting’ 3rd century, many soldier-emperors were mobile, and the imperial court would be their entourage and their army, following them wherever they would go. Diocletian, in some ways Constantine’s mentor, had…

5 min.
rome becomes a christian state

In 380 CE the Roman emperor Theodosius I – eventually, like Constantine I, known as ‘the Great’ – issued a decree which made Christianity the official religion within the Empire. More specifically, he made the Nicene Creed, as promulgated at the Council of Nicaea in 325, mandatory. Not only was paganism to be suppressed; so were heretical forms of Christianity. It would be easy to see Theodosius as the opposite of Constantine, whose reign began with the Edict of Milan, which established religious tolerance, and who generally allowed free religious practice. It can also be seen as a completion of the circle, with Christians going from being persecuted to becoming persecutors. It might also be thought that Theodosius was a bigot, or perhaps a scholarly emperor with eyes for nothing but…