Early Christianity


In the early decades of the first century A.D., Jesus of Nazareth preached that He was the Christ, the long-promised Messiah. Following Christ’s crucifixion, the number of Christians began to expand dramatically. Later in the early fourth century, the Roman Emperor Constantine announced his own conversion and ended the persecution of Christians. The acceptance of Christianity raised questions about the proper relationship between religion and politics.


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Korey D. Maas is associate professor of history at Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from Concordia University–River Forest, an M.Div. and S.T.M. from Concordia Seminary, and his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford.