Thesis Director: Dr. Thomas Strunk; Thesis Reader: Bryan Y. Norton, S.J.; Thesis Reader: Dr. Arthur Dewey; HAB Course Director: Dr. Shannon Byrne
In my thesis, I argue that the beliefs and practices of Christianity helped it to not only coexist with but survive beyond the cults that were prevalent and more established. To demonstrate this, I compare Christianity with said cults. In my first chapter, I examine three mystery cults, looking at the factors that gave them their popularity. In the second chapter, I discuss Christianity. Citing authors such as Tacitus and Pliny, I reveal the ill reception given to Christianity. I then use sources, such as Saint Justin Martyr, Saint Cyprian, and Saint Dionysius, to explain what exactly Christians believed and how they put those beliefs into practice. I then conclude with a final summary.
Seifert, Derek Allen, "A Living Faith: Christianity’s Pre-Constantine Survival" (2020). Honors Bachelor of Arts. 42.
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