How the Faith Spread

Dr. Eugenia Constantinou of the University of San Diego joins us all this month for a 4-part series on the first 300 years of Christianity. In this first part, she looks at how and why Christianity was able to grow so quickly.

Questions include:
* Tell us about the spread of Christian ideas and beliefs during the years when the Epistles were written.
* Did Christianity spread primarily within Jewish circles during the first few centuries, or who were the main categories of what we would now call converts?
* Would those early Christians have defined themselves as converts or how did they see themselves?
* How closely connected were the various pockets of Christianity? In other words, how homogenous a group were early Christians?
* How did the belief that Christ was returning to Earth very soon affected the growth and the character of the early Christian Church?
* Why is it that Christianity was able to not only spread as quickly as it did but to also stay rooted in those areas?

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