The conversion of the Emperor Constantine to Christianity in 312 did not immediately make the Roman Empire and Christian Empire. The pull of traditional Roman culture and institutions were strong. Even Roman religion enjoyed periods of resurgence. Moreover, the Christian community had to adjust from being a marginal group on the periphery of Roman society to being the favored religion of the emperor. This required, among other things, developing institutions to meet these new responsibilities while at the same time maintaining the purity of the Gospel message.
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