John north has repeatedly argued that the defining factor in religious was still possible within the roman empire competition between cities did not end with the arrival of christianity the new religion provided a new focus for the triumph of christianity in the beginning of the fourth century is commonly seen as the. All this causes the church to re-examine its own nature and mission this book could have been written only by aman of professor koch's experience and position ray summers the conflict between paganism and christianity in the fourth century and fall of rome to the triumph of religion and barbarism, christianity. Historians, theologians, and political theorists have meditated on the decline and fall of rome for centuries toynbee might defend himself by saying that the ancients pondered about the decline of rome before rome gave any clear sign of declining they reflected on the causes of the fall of rome even before rome fell in. Theology gibbon's secular discourse on the establishment, growth and “triumph” of empire according to the first of these, rome suffered from internal rot “ latent causes of decay and corruption,” as gibbon put it (df 2, 83), were undermining the a third reason postulated for rome's fall is the triumph of christianity. Been devoted to the question, ―why and how did christianity triumph over seemingly insurmountable opposition, to become the emperor constantine made christianity the ―favored‖ religion of the roman empire, there is little evidence that important factor in its triumph over paganism however, the third reason on.
The rise of christianity is a book by the sociologist rodney stark, which examines the rise of christianity, from a small movement in galilee and judea at the (supposed) time of jesus to the majority religion of the roman empire a few centuries later contents [hide] 1 summary 2 reception 3 in the media 4 see also. Christian persecution of paganism under theodosius i given the power of roman empire, christianity could easily spread through all corners of the empire by 600 ad most of i would also recommend to read rodney stark's two books the rise of christianity and the triumph of christianity among others factors. Able to survive and eventually triumph reasons for christianity's growth since christians were increasingly persecuted by the state, and ostracized by their pagan neighbors for not worshipping the gods, it is difficult to understand how the religion became dominant in the roman empire there are a number of factors to.
Causes in christian history: the movement's rise and growth according to rodney stark christianity was planted and grew in a religiously pluralistic roman empire—but not a very religious empire pagan temples abounded, but they had no congregations attached to them, and their patrons were. Perhaps judaism - in somewhat different form as what we know it today -would have become the national religion of rome 831 views first, there were a number of sociological factors in its favor rodney start (triumph of christianity ) points out that there is something more attractive about monotheism than polytheism.
Christianity did increase in numbers gradually over the next two centuries, and among constantine's successors only one, the emperor julian in the 360s ad, mounted concerted action to re-instate paganism as the dominant religion in the empire but there was no. Nevertheless, the above factors do not fully explain the phenomenon of the conversion of the roman empire christians did not possess a monopoly over courage or martyrdom, no matter how impressive it was nor were the christian apologists' intellectual argumentation so widely read in the empire as to stimulate mass. The triumph of christianity is actually a very remarkable historical phenomenon we begin with a small group from the backwaters of the roman empire and after two, three centuries go by, lo and behold that same group and its descendants have somehow taken over the roman empire and have become the official.
Rodney stark also came out with a new book last year, titled the triumph of christianity: how the jesus movement became the world's largest religion the publisher's description says that while the rise of christianity examines the early success of christianity (primarily how it conquered rome), this. Bart ehrman asks how did a religion that began with a small group of illiterate day laborers become the dominant religion of the roman empire in just three centuries what was gained and what was lost when the roman empire became the christian roman empire this is the second part of series on. He must discover the inevitable mixture of error and corruption which she contracted in long residence upon earth, among a weak and degenerate race of beings five causes of the growth of christianity our curiosity is naturally prompted to inquire by what means the christian faith obtained so remarkable a victory over the.
Rise of christianity □ causes of decline roman republic and roman empire ( ca 500 bce –476 ce) □ human and physical geography (mediterranean sea, roman system of roads) □ factors leading to expansion and interaction: engineering, empire building □ golden age and contributions (law, architecture. This paper offers an economic interpretation of christianity's transformation from sect to universal religion in the roman empire it first points out paganism's apparent inability to provide individual security in times of distress, such as the third century ce, as a reason for the increasing demand for monotheism it then reviews. One was the spread of christianity amongst the gentiles of the major cities of the roman empire, such as alexandria, antioch, corinth, and rome the christian communities of such cities did not wish to be guided by the church of a provincial city the second event was the destruction of jerusalem after.