Constantine's mom: the first christian archeologist helena, the emperor's mother, was one of the most prominent women in early christianity she was born into a humble family around 255 and married constantinius chlorus. Constantine's desire to impose upon the empire a religion that would identify obsequiousness to the deity with loyalty to the emperor found its perfect partner in christianity - or at least in the christianity he was to patronize. The christianity constantine endorsed was already considerably different from that practiced by jesus christ and the apostles the emperor accelerated the change by his own hatred of jews and religious practices he considered jewish. Regent22 constantine‟s pragmatic view of christianity and christian theology was an important factor in his policy-making, and in the relationship of church and state that resulted from it. Christianity made state religion of roman empire in the spring of 311, with 40,000 soldiers behind him, constantine rode toward rome to confront an enemy whose numbers were four times his own.
Constantine funded church-building projects throughout his reign as a way to encourage christianity's growth churches were erected at, among other places, rome, trier, nicomedia (izmit, turkey), jerusalem, and cirta (constantine, algeria) as either the direct or indirect result of constantine's patronage. A state religion (also called an established religion or official religion) is a religious body or creed officially endorsed by the state a state with an official religion, while not secular , is not necessarily a theocracy , a country whose rulers have both secular and spiritual authority. Perhaps in order to lure constantine into a final battle, licinius began inciting pagans against constantine's edict which favored christianity and championed a pagan cause by 324 ad, the conflict and rivalry came to a head. The roman empire adopts christianity when constantine, the emperor of rome, became a christian it meant that the empire became christian, with momentous consequences for the jewish and pagan worlds.
The stature of christianity grew exponentially in the city of constantinople after constantine i, ruler over the roman east, was victorious in civil war, capturing the west and the greek east under constantine, christianity emerged from the fringes of roman society to become the dominant religion. No, christianity was not set on the road towards becoming a state religion under constantine that is the worst kind of teleological, anachronistic historical interpretation. Constantine made his roman christian church hostage to the state so that now it would serve the needs of emperor and empire by the end of the fourth century, that church was modeled on the political structures of the roman empire it served, and not on the bible. Contrary to popular belief, however, constantine did not make christianity the official religion of the empire this was accomplished by emperor theodosius in 380 constantine's program was one of toleration only, and he continued to support both christianity and paganism.
With the edict of thessalonica in 380 ad, emperor theodosius i made nicene christianity the empire's state religion the eastern orthodox church, oriental orthodoxy, and the catholic church each stand in that continuity. By the fourth century christianity becomes the state religion and by the end of the fourth century it is illegal to do any form of public worship other than christianity in the entire roman empire. Constantine did not establish christianity as the only lawful religion of the empire (an act that would have been antichristian) he established the catholic church as the only lawful church in the empire, a different antichristian act.
In 312, constantine is said to have received a vision which marked his espousal of the christian religion (ferguson, 181) in 313, constantine issued the edict of milan this edict did not set up christianity as the only and official religion of the empire. Short answer: because constantine the great made it the official state religion ad 313 long answer: because the old roman pagan polytheism had been moribund already in the 1st century bc, and the romans were desperately seeking a replacement the roman polytheism was simply not credible enough, too. Constantine completely altered the relationship between the church and the imperial government, thereby beginning a process that eventually made christianity the official religion of the empire.
During the reign of the roman emperor constantine the great (ad 306-337), christianity began to transition to the dominant religion of the roman empirehistorians remain uncertain about constantine's reasons for favoring christianity, and theologians and historians have often argued about which form of early christianity he subscribed to. Strictly speaking, constantine did not make christianity the state religion of rome - this did not happen until 391 ce, some sixty years after his death. Theodosius made constantine's universal religion the official state religion, and falsely named it christianity pre-constantine/apostolic christianity was committed to the resurrection of the kingdom of israel on roman empire land. 92 history in the making vol 3 no 2 prior to its installation as the state religion, christianity and christians faced ongoing persecution christianity had been one of the numerous growing religious sects in rome since the death of.
Constantine was responsible for legalizing christianity throughout the roman empire constantine became a patron and protector of the church in 380, the flavius theodosius (r 379-395) made christianity the official religion of rome. Some hundred years after constantine's 'conversion', christianity seemed to be entrenched as the established religion, sponsored by emperors and protected in law but this did not mean that. Constantine embraces christianity emperor theodosius i declared catholicism the state religion of the roman empire hinduism is the third-largest religion behind christianity and islam.