This is a 21 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on Religion - The Persecutions of the Early Church. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
In its 1st three centuries, the Christian church endured persecution at the hands of Roman authorities. This experience, and its resulting martyrs and apologists, would have significant historical and theological consequences for the developing faith. Among other things, persecution sparked the cult of the saints, facilitated the rapid growth and spread of Christianity, prompted defenses and explanations of Christianity and in its aftermath, raised fundamental questions about the nature of the church.
The total number of Christians martyred in the early church is unknown. Early writers believed the number to be a great many. Out of the 54 emperors who ruled between 30 and 311, only about a dozen went out of their way to persecute Christians. It has been calculated that between the first persecution under Nero in 64 to the Edict of Milan in 313, Christians experienced 129 years of persecution and 120 years of toleration and peace.
In the face of persecution, many Christians chose to die before they would deny their Lord. Those who did so came to be called “martyrs,” which means "witnesses." Many converted to Christianity based in part at Christians' faithfulness in the face of martyrdom.
Apologists appeared in the 2nd century AD, Their primary goal was to defend Christianity against pagan accusations and misconceptions in an effort to stop the persecution.
The presentation covers the following:
Extent of the Persecutions
Who Was Persecuted?
Reasons for Persecutions
Distrust of Christianity
History of the Persecutions
The Great Persecution
Edict of Milan
End of Presentation
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