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The Spread of Christianity in Africa

By thejedi
  • 100

    Where did Christianity come from?

    Christianity developed out of Judaism in the 1st Century C.E.
  • 100

    Jesus Christ was born

    Jesus Christ was born
    Jesus was born in 6 BC.
  • 134

    Christianity Movement in Jerusalem

    Christianity began as a Jewish messianic movement in Jerusalem in the 1st century of the Common Era.
  • 140

    MIssionaries Spreading Christianity

    Missionaries carried their message of resurrection and salvation throughout the Mediterranean and other countries.
  • 150

    Roman Government Notices

    During these first few decades after the death of Jesus, Roman law regarded the new Christian movement as a Jewish sect. the Christians, like the Jews, were exempt from the legal requirement to worship the Roman emperor as a god-like figure. Both Jews and Christians considered this an act of idol.
  • 250

    Hard Time

    Hard Time
    Christians had a hard time spreading their religion because of the government. They where dying and being put into jail.
  • Period: 250 to 410

    Struggling to Spread

    Christians where having a hard time spreding the word because of the government. The Roman government would not let them.
  • 410

    Spreading Once Again

    When the Visigoths (an invading Germanic tribe) sacked Rome, Christian communities could be found as far west as the British Isles, south to North Africa and Ethiopia, north to the Danube and modern-day Romania, and east from modern-day Turkey into Armenia and even in India.
  • 410

    Rising to Power

    The Pope in Rome and the Patriarch in Constantinople rose to power.
  • 410


    The Latin-speaking western Church referred to itself as the universal or Catholic Church. While the Greek-speaking eastern Church also affirmed the Church's universality, it developed an equally firm understanding of the pure and unchanging nature of its doctrine.
  • Period: 410 to 550

    The Two Powers Era

    The two powers (religion) where spreading and struggling.
  • 550

    The Two Powers Struggling

    Over the centuries, the two churches were involved in power struggles between the Byzantine Emperor, the Roman pope, the patriarch of Constantinople, and the various rulers and warlords of the peoples and nations of northern and central Europe.
  • Jan 1, 600

    Revising The Creed and Problems

    The western Church had slightly modified the Nicene Creed in order to clarify the doctrine of the Trinity (the filioque clause), but the eastern Church was not involved in this revision. It did not add the same language to the Creed, and protested the western Church's unilateral action.
  • The Offical Religion and Trouble

    Only a few decades after Emperor Theodosius I declared Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire, the Western Empire came to a painful and symbolic end when the Visigoths sacked Rome.
  • Trying to Spread to Africa (16th-18th century)

    Catholic missionary efforts in Africa in the 16th-18th centuries withered from the difficulty of obtaining support from Europe,
  • Spreading to New World

    Spreading to New World
    Missionaries arrived and build missions. Convesion here was less violent.
  • Major Exception

    One major exception was found in Sierra Leone, where in 1787 an emancipationist group sponsored the return of Africans from London.
  • Teaching Africans

    As African slaves were imported in increasing numbers to the American colonies, Baptist and Methodist missionaries introduced Christianity to the slave population
  • Increased Dramastically

    Missionary efforts in Africa increased dramatically after 1870.
  • Dividing Over to Colonialism (19th-20th century)

    In the 19th and 20th centuries, Christians were divided over colonialism.
  • Spreading Sucessful

    By the 20th century, Christian missionaries had spread throughout the world, and Christianity was in every continent except for Antartica. (no one lives there)
  • Government Takes Action

    As Gentiles increasingly filled the ranks of these early Christian communities, Christians as a group lost their legal status as Jews. By refusing to honor the gods of Rome, being a Christian was punishable by death.
  • Being Upset

    In the 8th and 9th centuries, the entire Church was deeply upset by a serious controversy over the use of icons in the Byzantine Church.
  • Being Upset #2

    In the 8th and 9th centuries, the entire Church was deeply upset by a serious controversy over the use of icons in the Byzantine Church.
  • Crowning

    Finally, when Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne, king of the Franks, the Holy Roman Emperor in 800, the eastern Church perceived this as an apparent challenge to the authority of the Emperor in Constantinople.
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    The Official Religion Era

    The centuries past with Christianity being the official religion of the Roman Empire.