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Tuesday, July 25, 2006
The First Christian Emperor

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
July 25, 306

On the Gregorian calendar one thousand seven hundred years ago today, Constantine was proclaimed Augustus (i.e., Roman Emperor) by his troops while near present day York, England.

The status of Christianity changed considerably in the fourth century because of Emperor Constantine the Great, who officially permitted and promoted Christianity in the Roman Empire following the Edict of Milan in 313. At the time of the Edict, the Roman Empire was at war with Persia. Rome began to consider Christians in the Persian Empire as potential allies. As a result, the Persian Empire persecuted Christians under its rule. Thousands of Christians were martyred.

The emperors who followed Constantine I continued his legacy; they were all Christian except one. A little later in the century, Theodosius I (379-395) required that all of his subjects be Christian. Now the former "persecuted church" was in danger of becoming a worldly and "oppressing church." And the rest is history.

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