The History of Christianity


Jesus of Nazareth

4 BC - 30 ce

the ruler of Judea supposedly ordered the death of all male infants who were under the age of two and lived in the vicinity of Bethlehem, in an attempt to kill Jesus. concluding this may be the birth year of Jesus the Christ.

Justin Martyr

100 ce. - 165 ce

Justin 1st apology addresses Emperor Antoninus Puis in 155 "attempted to explain faith." 2nd apology to Emperor Marcus Aurelius in 161. dates ca.


160 - 225

1st important Christian thinker to write in Latin and the greatest theologian in the West until Augustine. wrote an Apology in 196 ca. dates ca.



a self-proclaiming prophet an "New Prophecy" appearing in Asia Minor


185 AD - 254 AD

Clement successor as Alexandria leading Christian intellectual, who was one of the greatest of all Christian thinkers.


251 - 356

An Egyptian Christian whose habits and ideals gives us a valuable insight into Egyptian Monasticism. ca

Council of Nicea


Bishops assembled for the purpose of defining Christian belief: the issues of the nature of Christ & relationship to the Father.

Council of Chalcedon


Bishops assembled for the purpose of defining Christian belief: The relationship of human & divine in Christ was taken up in the 5th century

Council of Trent

1545 - 1563

This was fixed the Roman Catholic canon which accept the Septuagint version of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament

1st Vatican Council

1869 - 1870

Vatican I was the doctrine of papal infallibility, according to ..the pope cannot err when he speaks in defining doctrines concerning faith and morals.