The sweep of Christianity across the Grco Roman world

Our fragmentary knowledge. Beginning from Jerusalem. Christianity begins to move out into the non-Jewish world. Paul, missionary at large. Further first century spread of the faith. Second and third century spread. Christianity begins to overflow the borders of the Empire. The social origins of the early Christians. Persistent opposition and persecution. A breathing space and rapid growth. The sudden storms under Decius and Valerian. A generation of peace and prosperity. Climax of storm. Constantine espouses Christianity. The Christian community under the sons of Constantine. Reaction under Julian and the competition of old and new faiths. The conversion of Augustine. The geographic extension of the faith continues. Why the phenomenal spread of Christianity?

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