The Fall Of Rome

Another problem raised by Christianity's acceptance by the Roman world was that many non-Christians began to blame fighting heresies

Later Fathers of the church who fought Arianism, Nestorianism, Monophysit-ism, and other heresies:

Ambrose of Milan (ca. 339-97) Athanasius (ca. 293-373) Augustine of Hippo (ca. 354-430) Basil of Caesarea (ca. 330-79) Cyril of Alexandria (ca. 375-444) Cyril of Jerusalem (ca. 315-87) Eusebius of Caesarea (ca. 260-339) Gregory of Nazianzus (ca. 330-89) Gregory of Nyssa (ca. 330-95) Hilary of Poitiers (ca. 315-67) John Chrysostom (ca. 347-407)

Christianity for the declining fortunes of the Roman Empire. Rome in its glory days, when pagan gods and the emperors were worshipped, was militarily strong. As Christianity gained a foothold Rome found itself under the threat of extinction by invaders from the north. Some Roman citizens began to raise serious questions about the role of Christians and Christianity in the empire. Would Christians be good citizens who could be depended on to fight for Rome? Or were they so committed to Christ's kingdom that earthly kingdoms and responsibilities had no importance for them? In short, where did the Christians put their loyalty? To which kingdom did they belong—the heavenly one or the earthly one? As the debate went on Rome fell, in 410.

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