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Introduction:The Rise And Fall Of Christendom

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At the beginning of the Christian era, Eusebius, bishop of Caesarea, records a story which he says he heard directly from the Emperor Constantine himself. The word which English speakers nowtend to use for this idea, "Christendom," came into the language at an interesting time. The ideal of the fusion of church and state, as the most perfect form of Christian society, has cast a long shadow. The Constantinian legacy, as shaped by the Middle Ages, implanted a very deeply rooted belief that the ideal Christian society-Christendom- was one in which church and state were one. The abolition of the confessional state came with the overthrow of the monarchs and the reconceptualising of the state that the age of revolutions brought in its wake.

Keywords: Christendom; Christian society; Constantinian legacy



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