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A Divisive Christian Church

From the dawn of the Christian Church there existed disagreements in theology, ritual, and doctrine. Trace the divisions and reform attempts that pervade the history of the church from 300- 1560 CE (AD.) Why was the history of the Church so divisive? Use at least 2 different primary of your choice to illustrate your stance.

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The Christian Church: Divisive History

We know that the Christian Church had its origins in the Holy Land. It is said that upon the death of Christ, his Apostles went forth and spread the good news. Some went south towards Egypt and we have evidence of this in the Coptic Christian histories as, prior to Islam becoming the predominant religion, it was Christianity that was most dominant in North Africa under the influence of Byzantium. We call the earliest Christian Church the Apostolic Church for this is the period that the Apostles 'spread the word' and the faith across the then Roman Empire. It was a persecuted faith that found converts and, despite great risks to themselves, continued their practice and became converters themselves. This period in church history is predominantly apostolic as can be read in the annals of the early martyrdoms which included that of James of Zebedee and Stephen. The Christian term started out as a kind of mockery for the remaining apostles were referred to in a derogatory way by Romans and Rabbinic Jews as 'Little Christs' who had no place in their social world. It is at this point though that the Bible was written and put together. The most groundbreaking was the compilation of the New Testament and of hymns, prayers, creeds and the establishment of the importance of the theology behind Christianity including the Holy trinity, the Arising of Christ and his Resurrection, the Passion and his empty tomb. By the time 100AD came, the theology and the belief system was firmly entrenched and the hymns, psalms and prayers came to be intrinsic to the lives of those who practice the faith.

By the time Constantine the Great issued the Edict of Milan, the theology and the Bible were already mature and the church had a form of organization under episcopacies led by bishops even though they were ...

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The solution provides an extensive discussion that traces the disagreements in the Christian Church from 300-1560 AD that lead to the divisions that we see today. It tackles the question - "Why was the history of the Church so divisive?" and supports this with resources and work relevant to the topic. This solution is 1376 words with four web and one print reference.

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