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How might historians, sociologists, or political scientists account for the survival, growth, and entrenchment of Christianity as a personal, social, and political force?

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1. How might historians, sociologists, or political scientists account for the survival, growth, and entrenchment of Christianity as a personal, social, and political force?

The Middle Ages is the period in European history between antiquity and the Renaissance, often dated from A.D. 476 to 1453 http://www.answers.com/topic/middle-ages. Although the transitions were gradual, and exact dates for the demarcation of the Middle Ages are misleading, convention often places the beginning of the period between the death of the Roman emperor Theodosius I in 395 and the fall of Rome to the Visigoths in 410. Thus, the historian, sociologist, or political scientist might account for the survival, growth, and entrenchment of Christianity by retracing the footsteps of historical events and Christianity (perhaps from a slightly different vantage point) through this time period (around 395 -750 AD). http://www.answers.com/topic/middle-ages

The fourth century AD saw the beginning of the real acceptance of Christianity as a major world religion. This is generally accepted as being the result of the conversion of Constantine, the Emporer of Rome in 312. Under Constantine, and the subsequent support of Christianity by his successors, the church was able to stabilize financially and structurally, though some structure had been recognized at local levels since the mid-third century. Historically, then, the destruction of the pagan temple of Alexandria in 391, during the reign of Theodosius I, marked the beginning of Christianity as the official state religion. http://www.crowdog.net/webdiv3/d3two.html

Sociologically, Christianity was transmitted through culture to become entrenched in the minds of people at the personal, social, and political levels of human existence. For example, the European Middle Ages is commonly understood as a northward expansion of ...

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This solution explains how historians, sociologists, or political scientists account for the survival, growth, and entrenchment of Christianity as a personal, social, and political force. References and a supplementary article are also provided.

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