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The origins of Christendom

‘One of the greatest blows to the kingdom of Satan in the history of the church’ is the way that the New England divine Jonathan Edwards once described it. His English evangelical contemporary, John Wesley, strongly disagreed however. He maintained that it initiated an age of iron, of doctrinal and spiritual compromise and weakened the church.

History Professor Michael Haykin
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A bust of Constantine and a facial reconstruction of how he may have looked

What were they talking about? None other than the formal embrace of Christianity by the Roman emperor Constantine and his clear favouring of the church in legal policies that he enacted after his 312 victory at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge over the pagan Maxentius.