The Rise Of The Church

1332 WordsApr 22, 20166 Pages
To understand the rise of the Church in Rome it is imperative to recall that the center of the Christianity had been destroyed in AD 70, when the army of Titus destroyed Jerusalem. Looking for leadership, the Christians would have immediately sought out those in Rome as it was the center of power and capitol of the Empire. In the first and second centuries, all roads did indeed lead to Rome. The second reason that Christians looked to Rome for leadership is because they believed that the church would come from Peter. Many took Jesus statement in Matthew 16:18, “You are Peter…” to literally mean that the Church would form from Peter and he was in Rome, thereby the center of Church leadership would be in Rome and its leader would bear the title Pope. In the following six centuries a sequence of events would eventually lead to the bishop in Rome and the Papacy to great spiritual and political power in all of Western Europe. The intent of this paper is to summarize the rise of papacy power and the factors that contributed to its dominance of Western Europe. The rise of the papacy to increased dominance and power was more likely to a confluence of historical events, divinely inspired as all things come from God, than to the apostolic succession of Peter. How and why the papacy in Rome became the center of power? The Roman Empire was so large that it was ruled in two parts after Christianity was legalized by Constantine in 313. The capitol of the Eastern Empire was
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