Christianity in the 200s AD - Christian History
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Christianity - Peace for a While

During the forty years between 261 AD and 303 AD, the Christians were not officially persecuted by the Roman government. In terms of Roman history this corresponds to the worst of the Crisis of the Third Century. Some Christians were still lynched by Roman mobs, but the Roman government did not officially encourage this sort of thing.
Because of this peace, the Christians were able to begin building a church organization. They were also able to start building churches, instead of meeting in people's houses. One church was even built right across the street from the Emperor's palace in Split (modern Serbia). Christians and traditional philosophers began to argue with each other about who was right.

But some Christians also used this time to fight with each other. The fighting mostly began in places like Carthage where there had been a big persecution. After it was over, the Christians who had gone and sacrificed did not get along very well with the ones who had gone to jail or who had risked being killed to stand up for their faith. There was a lot of arguing about who was a good Christian.


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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
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