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UNIT 7: The Spread of Religions

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VIDEO SEGMENT: Christianity

This segment explores the historical context for the spread of Christianity, a religion that taught compassion, morality, spiritual immortality, and devotion to God. It began six centuries later than Buddhism, and then spread to parts of Eurasia and Africa over the next millennium.

Like Buddhism, Christianity found appeal among many diverse peoples because of its ability to adapt to and incorporate local traditions, beliefs, and sacred spaces. While small, scattered groups of Christians existed in Eurasia and Africa after Jesus's death, Christianity did not receive official state support until the conversion of the Roman emperor Constantine in 312 CE. Christianity then spread rapidly by trade routes in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, aided by a booming traffic in relics associated with Jesus and the saints.

Christian rulers like Charlemagne in the eighth century were also responsible for the aggressive spread of Christianity in the areas they conquered. In 968, Prince Vladimir of Russia converted to Christianity, and then proceeded to baptize the entire population of Kiev. By the end of the first millennium CE, nearly all of Europe had converted to Christianity.

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Anonymous, WADHAM COLLEGE CHAPEL (OXFORD, ENGLAND) (n.d.). Copyright 2003 Oregon Public Broadcasting and its licensors. All rights reserved.

Master of the Urbino Coronation, CRUCIFIXION (c. 1350-1375). Image donated by Corbis - Bettmann.


Anonymous Chinese, FRESCO FROM THE NESTORIAN CHRISTIAN CHAPEL (ca. 900 CE). Courtesy of WorldArt Kiosk/Kathleen Cohen.

Anonymous, STATUE OF CHRIST IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL [BUILT IN 1933] (n.d.). Copyright 2003 Oregon Public Broadcasting and its licensors. All rights reserved.



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