WRONG! that was constantine, right? WRONG! it was emperor theodosius.
yesterday i had my first history of christianity test that went from 0-1300. you might think, “aren’t there a lot of names and events in 1300 years of church history?” and yes, you would be right! it honestly wasn’t as bad as it sounds (but that’s my perspective AFTER the test). i’ve relearned another valuable lesson. though hype (and rumors) can jump start healthy studying habits, chances are that the aforementioned hype isn’t as daunting as it first seems. it’s ok to take a deep breath every so often.
oh, and athanasius was the one who argued that christ was “homoousios” with god (of SAME substance) whereas arius argued that christ was “homoiousios” with god (of SIMILAR substance). it’s that skinkin’ “i” that has changed the course of church history and theology. and though constantine’s conversion signaled a momentous shift for christianity, he did not make christianity the official religion of the roman empire. he was the first christian emperor which meant a reduction in state sanctioned persecution. it wasn’t until emperor theodosius that christianity and state were officially wed.