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Constantine, Councils and Creeds
-Constantine and “imperial Christianity”
-The urge for unity
-Creedal roots
-Two creeds: Apostles’ Creed and Nicene Creed
-Discussion
Constantine (283-337 c.e.)
-Becomes Roman emperor in 312 c.e.
Constantine’s “conversion”
-life of constantine written ca. 336-339 C.E. by “church historian” Eusebius (260-340
C.E.)
-conversion happens - sees a vision “witnessed a miracle” - whole army witnessed -
and believes that god is real
-not sure which god to believe - his mother was a christian - he goes with christian god
-calls for his dream to be interpreted
-bishop that he called said “you’re one of the righteous kings of the old testament”
-constantine gets a really genuine interest in christianity
Constantine’s “Christian” effects
-Declared Edict of Milan in 313
-allows church to own land - build as many churches as they can afford - more legiti-
mate - decision with long term circumstances
-constantine decides he wants to get rid of pagans
-Called council of Nicaea in 325
-Established Constantinople as a “new rome” a second urban political centre of Chris-
tianity, 330
-Patron to Christian groups, financing St. Peter’s in Rome and the Church os the Holy
Sepulchre in Jerusalem - built on top of where jesus was crucified
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