Some great figures of Christianity include Jesus, who founded Christianity about 2,000 years ago and whose resurrection serves as Christianity's foundation, St. Peter and the Apostles, Mary Magdalene and John the Baptist, whose baptism of Jesus was another major event. Others important figures include St. Nicholas, who is also called Santa Claus, the theologian St. Augustine, St. Francis of Assisi and Martin Luther, founder of Protestantism.Continue Reading
From around the time of Jesus himself, Romans and others martyred Christians by various means, including torturous crucifixion and blood games in the Coliseum and other venues. The martyring ended in the fifth century.
In 312, A.D. Emperor Constantine converted and declared Christianity the religion of Rome.
The Great Schism between the Western Church in Rome and the Eastern churches happened in 1054.
In 1095, Pope Urban II declared the First Crusade, during which European warriors went to the Holy Land in the Middle East and made war to reclaim it for Christianity. Subsequent crusades followed until the 13th century.
Martin Luther was born in 1483. He broke away from the Church, which he saw as corrupt, and founded Lutheranism, the first Protestant sect.
In 1609, John Smyth founded the Baptist Church, which holds that adult believers, not infants, should be baptized. Baptists see immersion in water as a soul-cleansing ritual in which believers accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. The Methodists, whose sect John Wesley founded in 1729, split with Baptists over slavery in 1845.
In 1962, Pope John XXIII created the Second Vatican Council, which allowed languages other than Latin during Mass, allowed Catholics to pray with other Christians and encouraged friendliness with non-Christian faiths.Learn more about Christianity
Following the life of Jesus Christ, some of the most important events in the history of Christianity are the Edict of Milan, the Council of Nicaea, the Protestant Reformation, the Council of Trent and the Second Vatican Council. Each event had a significant influence across boundaries of different Christian traditions.Full Answer >
Christianity began with the ministry of Jesus Christ, which began when he was around 30 years old in the first century A.D. The birthplace of Christianity was Levant, which is known in modern times as Israel and Palestine.Full Answer >
The biggest fact about Christianity is its size. There are about 2.18 billion self-identifying Christians throughout the world, giving it only slightly more followers than Islam and making it the largest religion in the world.Full Answer >
The adherents of the crucified Jesus Christ founded Christianity in 33 A.D. in Judea, in what is now Jerusalem, Israel. From there, it spread throughout the Roman Empire.Full Answer >