THE FIRST CHRISTIANS
As the Roman Empire reached it's zenith, a new religion sprang up within its borders that challenged the values and ideals of ancient Rome--Christianity. The Christian faith spread so rapidly that in just a few centuries it would go from being a persecuted Jewish sect to the state religion of the Roman Empire. The approach to happiness spelled out in the Gospels and in the early writings of the Church, however, would always be in conflict with the secular aims of the Empire as it continues to be even in our own time.
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