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Christianity – a short Historical look
 
About   6-4  B.C :   Birth of Jesus Christ at Bethlehem

About   AD  33  :   Christ Crucified


About  60-100  : Gospels written

About  64 : Persecution of Christians by the Roman Emperor, Nero

312
 : Emperor Constantine converts to Christianity leading it to becoming the sole religion in the Roman Empire

324
: Building of St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican, Rome, began on the site of Circus of Nero

380
: Final agreement on which Books should be in the Christian Bible

635
: Jerusalem and most Middle East conquered by Muslims

999: Most of Europe converted to Christianity

1054: Christian Church splits into Western (Catholic) and Eastern (Orthodox)

1095-1272 : Crusades (series of wars by Christians to take holy sites in Middle East away from Muslim control)
 
1187 : Jerusalem captured by Saladin

1209 : Franciscan Order of Monks started

1382 : John Wycliffe translates Bible into English

1456 : First Printed Bible (Johannes Gutenberg, Germany)

1479 : Spanish Inquisition begins to persecute heretics

1517 : Martin Luther begins Protestant Reformation, Germany

1534 : Henry VIII breaks with Rome, leads to the founding of the Church of England.

1610-1795 : Baptist, Congregationalist, Presbyterian, Quaker (Society of Friends) and Methodist Churches founded.

1611 : King James Bible published

1800-1900 : The age of the Mission – Western Churches sent missionaries to every country in the world. Number of Christians doubles by the
end of the century.


1830 : Church of the Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) founded, Fayette, New York, USA

1872 : Jehovah’s Witnesses founded by Charles Taze Russell, USA (named in 1931)

1878 : Salvation Army founded by William Booth, UK

1910 : International Missionary Conference marks first attempt in nearly 1000 years to re-unite Churches

1948 : World Council of Churches founded

1962-65 : Second Vatican Council radically reforms the Catholic Church world-wide

1992
: Church of England votes to allow women priests

2005
: John Sentamu becomes the Archbishop of York, first Black Archbishop in Britain.
                                  
 (Courtesy: Whiteker’s WORLD OF FACTS, 2007 p. 166)
 
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