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THE EARLY ROOTS OF THE CHURCH: FROM AD 32 TO AD 313

 

CHAPTER OUTLINE

The Christians

Early Church Architecture

The Church Organized

The Time of Persecution

 

Academics often trace the origins of the church back to ancient Jewish and possibly even pagan practices. However, to the devout Christian, the history of the Christian church begins with a miraculous, supernatural event, the resurrection of Jesus. Most Christians mark the actual start of the Christian church with the event known as Pentecost, when God sent the Holy Spirit. Yet if we are to understand the development of the Church, we have to come to grips with the centrality of the resurrection. In the Christian church, Easter, not Christmas, is the most sacred day. Easter is the dynamo ...

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