Chhi 301 Research Paper 101

Unformatted text preview: Mikaela Serafin CHHI 301 March 31, 2014 Research Exercise 2 1. The Conversion of Constantine Constantine was a man full of confidence and a man of great power. His conver- sion was pivotal to the Christian faith as it marked the end of the persecution of Christians and marked the beginning of Christiandom. Upon his conversion, he issued the “Edit of Milan” which required that Sunday and religious holidays be honored as well as mandated the toleration of all religions. Once converted, Constantine desired to see his new found faith to flourish within his land. In this vision, Constantine envisioned a church not for the select righteous few, but one that was diverse and allowed for all to come together. He feared that if the church overlooked the importance of celebrating diversity, the church would split into many isolated sects. Thus, Con- stantine sought after unity and common ground to lay the foundation. Ultimately through his conversion, Christians were allowed to live in freedom and the Christian church grew exponen-...
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Biography of John Wycliffe and Jan Hus Essay Paper CHHI-301 Presented to Dr. Nickens By Jean C. O’Fee March 1, 2015 “The Church is the totality of those who are predestined to blessedness. It includes the Church triumphant in heaven and the Church militant or men on earth. No one who is eternally lost has part in it. There is one universal Church, and outside of it there is no salvation. Its head is Christ. No pope may say that he is the head, for he cannot say that he is elect or even a member of the Church”(John Wycliffe 1 ). “God is my witness that I have never taught that of which I have by false witnesses been accused. In the truth of the Gospel which I have written, taught, and preached, I will die today with gladness” (Jan Hus 2 ). John Wycliffe and Jan Hus, born decades apart, how did their lives intersect, and how did one’s life impact the other? Simony and reformation would appear to be the thread that intertwines these two men together in history. A brief biography of these two men, their common goals and the outcome of their life’s work will be the theme to follow. John Wycliffe and Jan Hus had an impact upon the reformation period in their century, which still impacts the world today. Both of these men were branded as heretics. Their teachings were similar but not matching. John Wycliffe was born somewhere around 1320 to 1330. One source states 1324, another 1330, yet another 1320. One source states he was born on a sheep farm approximately 200 miles 1 www.christianityinview.com/protestant/background.html 2 IBID same as above

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