Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 7 years ago

Christians, what happened 100 years after Christianity became the state religion of the Roman Empire?

Christianity became the state religion of the Roman Empire in 380 CE.

What happened in 480 CE, or 476 CE, depending on your historian?

Bonus question: What lasted for nearly 1,000 years after the previous answer?


Bonus question clarification: What happened in Western Europe and lasted for nearly 1,000 years?

11 Answers

  • 7 years ago
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    "Plagued by internal instability and attacked by various migrating peoples, the western part of the empire broke up into independent kingdoms in the 5th century. This splintering is a landmark historians use to divide the ancient period of universal history from the pre-mediaeval "Dark Ages" of Europe."

    1. The breakup of the Western Empire.

    2. The Dark Ages.

    Rome was already corrupt; Christianity could have done nothing to worsen it.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    The city of Rome was conquered by another Christian who established the Kingdom of Italy. It is generally considered to be the fall of the Western Roman Empire.

    Of course, there is no obvious relationship between the decree of Theodosius the Great which made the Roman Empire a Christian empire and the fall of Rome about 100 years later.

    2) What lasted for nearly 1,000 years after the previous answer?

    The Eastern Roman Empire (sometimes called "Byzantine") - which was also Christian, BTW.

  • Paul
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    "Homeric" wrote:

    "Fortunately, Christians saved the Classics and what literature they could from the barbarians...yes Christians preserved pagan literature for posterity."

    Hmm. Not so much.

    By that time, many of the "classics" in christian territories had been tossed or burned as "heretical," along with anything written by Nestorians, Gnostics, Arians, etc. etc. etc. Many more suffered the same fate over the next 500-800 years.

    The re-introduction of the "classics" came through the Muslims/Arabs that had kept copies of the "Classics" for the most part. That's why, for example, the name of the Greek Ptolemy's great work on the Astronomy of his day (including much of Hipparchus' work) came to us as "Almagest," Arabic for "The Greatest."

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Middle Ages. Fortunately, Christians saved the Classics and what literature they could from the barbarians...yes Christians preserved pagan literature for posterity...also, the Middle Ages weren't as "dark" as Renassaince Chartered Corporations taught moderns it was...thank God the Christians held on through the Middle Ages to continue the Light of Christ!

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  • 7 years ago

    The original church leaders were deposed and those that started to rule were just an extension of their old religious beliefs. Some pagan doctrines were tolerated and became part of Christendom unto this day. This includes the worship of idols made of wood, silver and gold. It saved the seat of the Roman Emperor and he became the head of the church. The original fathers were persecuted and killed and the old names of their gods became the saints worshipped unto this day.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    My very strong vote is with the lead poisoning...leading to generations of brain damaged people INCLUDING their emperors. Most all the degenerate things they ended up doing were caused by brain damage caused by lead poisoning...but it was a slow process over many generations. You failed to mention that HOMOSEXUALITY was the main problem they had due to brain damage due to lead poisoning, then incest, alcoholism, infidelity and much more. PATHETICALLY, they had zero control over it, without the knowledge of its source. It was not even originally genetic, as in DNA

  • Moi
    Lv 7
    7 years ago


    Biblical Christianity was NEVER the state religion of the Roman Empire. And thats the ONLY kind of Christianity there is.

    Scripture attests though to a great apostasy - a falling away from the truth of God - and THAT is the state religion to which you refer.

    2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

    2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

    2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

  • Duck
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Rome fell.

    BQ: The Byzantine Empire. (That one's a bit of a guess)

  • 7 years ago

    They were persecuted.

    Is this a gospel song?

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  • 7 years ago


    Adds: FFS, I was hardly serious!

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