christianity: state religion, ecumenical councils, & rise of monasticism


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2. END OF PERSECUTION Edict of Toleration (311 A.D.) - Emperor Galerius dying wish through an edict that formally ended the persecution, freed imprisoned Christians and restored Christianity. 3. END OF PERSECUTION Edict of Toleration (311 A.D.) - granted an imperial assurance of safety, respect, and independence in the conduct of the Christian faith 4. END OF PERSECUTION The Palinode of Galerius Considering our most gentle clemency and our immemorial custom by which we are wont to grant indulgence to all men, we have thought it right in their case to extend the speediest indulgence to the effect that they be once more be free to live (sint) as Christians and may reform their churches (conventicula component) always provided that they do nothing contrary to [public] order (disciplinam). Further by another letter we shall inform provincial governors (iudicibus) what conditions the Christians must observe. 5. END OF PERSECUTION But there were authorities who still insisted that Christians must pay homage to the Roman gods. 6. END OF PERSECUTION According to historical records, the inscription from Arycandia in Lycia preserves the petition of the provincial councils of Lycia and Caria demanding that atheists (Christians) should be made to sacrifice or be expelled from their midst. 7. END OF PERSECUTION Sacrifice/Expulsion of Atheists(Christians) - Council of Nicomedia - Council of Antioch - Council of Tyre At Damascus, the military commander rounded up prostitutes and coerced them to confess having witnessed disgraceful scene in Christian churches. Without new edicts, prominent Christian leaders were seized, tried, and executed. 8. END OF PERSECUTION The savage outbreak of killing between November 311 and January 312 deprived Christians in the East some of their foremost leaders. Maximinus Daia, even with the policy of toleration, slowly returned to oppressing Christians. He forbade Christians to assemble in their cemeteries and tried to expel them form larger towns. 9. END OF PERSECUTION Maximinus Daia - reorganized pagan cults - recreated an atmosphere for other officials justifying taking action against Christians - banishment from towns became imposed (though not fully implemented) 10. END OF PERSECUTION Maximinus Daia - Christian leaders were once more arrested, imprisoned and condemned to death (by wild beasts and beheading) CHRISTIANS RE-EXPERIENCED THE HORROR OF PERSECUTION AND AT THE SAME TIME, THE GIFT OF MARTYRDOM. 11. END OF PERSECUTION 312 A.D. (Oct.) defeat of Maxentius 313 A.D. Constantine, together with Licinus, (the emperors) gave the persecution its final and definitive halt through the EDICT OF MILAN 12. EDICT OF MILAN - We should therefore give both the Christians and to all others the free facility to follow the religion which each may desire - For the common good and public security - For the grace and favor of whatever divinity is enthroned in heaven 13. EDICT OF MILAN - gave an unrestricted freedom to the Christians along with complete and free restoration of all church property still remaining in the hands of the state or of individual. 14. But, what prompted Constantine to issue such a decree, the Edict of Milan? Was it religiously inspired or politically motivated? 15. CONSTANTINE A POLITICAL OPPORTUNIST OR RELIGIOUS HERO? VARYING OPINIONS: - shrewd political strategist who used religion (Christianity) to expand the territory and power of the Roman Empire, multiply the number of his army and exploit Christian teachings to control and regulate the behaviors of his subject. 16. CONSTANTINE Journey to Christianity - vision: in hoc (signo) vinces inscribed in a cross of light that led to his victory against Emperor Maxentius (@ Milvian Bridge) - had his soldiers mark their shields with the Chi-rho monogram - Shown inclination to Christianity as his reign progressed 17. CONSTANTINE - instructed the proconsul of Africa, Anulinus, to see that the Catholic Church in North Africa received back in toto possessions forfeited in the persecutions, even if these were now in the hands of private citizens 18. CONSTANTINE - the clergy in the Catholic Church over which Caecilian presides, were to be granted immunity from state burdens - did those as a reward to those who with due holiness and constant observance of the law, bestow their services on the performance of divine worship 19. CONSTANTINE - personal devotion to the Christian religion became more pronounced - famulum Dei our God with the holy bishop of the Saviour Christ - his obedience to the will of God was absolute - he allowed himself scant respect of the past 20. CONSTANTINE - increased Christian infrastructure and monetary favor: o 313 - Faustas palace to the Lateran Church o grant of the rest of the lands listed in Liber Pontificalis to various churches in Rome (amounting to 26, 370 gold soldi/year or more than 400 lbs of gold o c. 322 St. Peters monumental church o granted immunity form the financial burdens of municipal administration and from all municipal levies [and] assigning (to the) jurisdiction of the bishops the same validity as that of magistrate 21. CONSTANTINE - increased Christian infrastructure and monetary favor: o 321 & 325 the manumission of slaves by clergy in a church was declared as binding as that performed before magistrates - Clergy were being recognized as civic as well as religious leaders and accorded a corresponding status 22. CONSTANTINE Climax of the emperors final legacies - MAY 11, 330 (2 mos before his 25th anniversary as Augustus) dedicated the new capital [Constantinople, after his own name] forbade the offering of sacrifices in pagan temples that had been restored or erected there since the city had fallen to him in 324 NO IDOLATROUS WORSHIP/PAGAN FESTIVALS 23. CONSTANTINE THE [CONSTANTINIAN] REVOLUTION HAD BEEN ACCOMPLISHED. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: WHAT ABOUT THE PAGANS? NO MATTER HOW GREAT THE WORDS AND WORKS OF CONSTANTINE TOWARDS CHRISTIANITY, SOME HISTORIANS REMAINED DOUBTFUL REGARDING HIS SINCERE CONVERSION TO THE CHRISTIAN FAITH, WHICH ONLY TOOK PLACE ON HIS DEATHBED. 24. DECLARATION OF CHRISTIANITY AS ROMAN STATE RELIGION It is Our will that all the peoples who are ruled by the administration of Our Clemency shall practice that religion which the divine Peter the Apostle transmitted to the Romans, as the region which he introduced makes clear even unto this day. It is evident that this is the religion that is followed by the pontiff Damasus and by Peter, Bishop of Alexandria We command that those persons who follow this rule shall embrace the name of Catholic Christians. The Emperor Theodosius, Edict of Thessalonica in 380 Theodosian Code XVI 25. GREAT ECUMENICAL COUNCILS OF THE EARLY CHURCH - literally a council drawn from the whole world - meeting of all the bishops of the inhabited world (Gk. oikumene) in order to deliberate on Church affairs, make decisions and lay regulations. - 4th cen. focused on Christological heresies a dispute pertaining to the person and identity of Jesus Christ 26. GREAT ECUMENICAL COUNCILS OF THE EARLY CHURCH 1. Claim of Arius (Arianism) - Arius priest of Alexandria - preached: Divine Word [Jesus Christ] is Gods foremost creature and creator of all the others, but He is not of the substance of God the Father and not eternal. 27. GREAT ECUMENICAL COUNCILS OF THE EARLY CHURCH 2. Council of Nicea (325 A.D.) Arius disturbed the unity of the Christians and managed to convince few believers. He was condemned by local ecclesiastical authorities, like in Egypt, but was supported by prominent Church leaders like Eusebius of Caesarea who was banished after Nicea. 28. GREAT ECUMENICAL COUNCILS OF THE EARLY CHURCH 2. Council of Nicea (325 A.D.) First Ecumenical Council of Nicea - attended by 230 bishops - condemned Arius as heretic - affirmed its faith in Jesus as equal to the Father in the famous Nicene Creed (325 A.D.) - Homoousios the Son of God is of the same substance (ousia) with the Father or consubstantial with Him 29. GREAT ECUMENICAL COUNCILS OF THE EARLY CHURCH 2. Council of Nicea (325 A.D.) - affirms Jesus as fully divine, eternal, not made and truly human - condemns (anathema) those who distort or intend to ruin his person and identity by their heretical beliefs and teachings 30. GREAT ECUMENICAL COUNCILS OF THE EARLY CHURCH 2. Council of Nicea (325 A.D.) - Athanasius - bishop of Alexandria - responsible for the partial defeat of Arianism - the greatest of the 4th century defenders of the First Council of Nicea and opponents of Arius. 31. GREAT ECUMENICAL COUNCILS OF THE EARLY CHURCH 3. First Council of Constantinople (381 A.D.) Even with the fruits of the Council of Nicea, heresies still persisted If he [Jesus] was very God, how could he be true man? Apollinaris of Laodicea denied the full humanity of Jesus saying that the rational soul in him had been replaced by the divine Logos therefore, making Jesus incapable of sin because he did not have a human soul which was capable of sin and error. 32. GREAT ECUMENICAL COUNCILS OF THE EARLY CHURCH For Apollinaris the Word is the unique principle of the flesh of Jesus. If Christ also had a human soul, or mind, then the Word would have been in a man, as Paul of Samosata seemed to be saying, but the Word itself would not have been made flesh. How can God become a human being without ceasing to be God except by taking the place of the mind in a human being? 33. GREAT ECUMENICAL COUNCILS OF THE EARLY CHURCH 3. First Council of Constantinople (381 A.D.) Emperor Theodosius I - declared Christianity as official religion of the Roman Empire - appointed Gregory of Nazianzus as new bishop of Constantinople - convened a council in his capital in o


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