In this podcast Dr Emma-Jayne Graham and Professor Helen King of the Open University discuss how Christianity became the dominant religion of the Roman world.
1. The evidence.
2. Paganism: Gods and worship tied to place.
3. Christianity: Christian worship more mobile.
4. Christianity: a diverse urban religion that offered a sense of community.
5. How many Christians were there in the Roman Empire?
6. Other non central cults in the Roman Empire: why did people join those?
7. What makes Christianity stand out?
8. The structure of these early Christian communities, who were the converts?
9. Greek speaking converts and the significance of written texts.
10. Christian converts from all social levels of society.
11. How did people worship before churches?
12. What can we learn from the images painted in the early 'churches'?