Social Studies - 2019-20

WHI.7b - Impact of the Church in Late Roman Empire

The student will apply social science skills to understand the development of Christianity by

b) explaining the unifying role of the Church in Europe after the collapse of Rome;


Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

As the Roman Empire declined in the West, the Church of Rome grew in importance, followers, and influence

ESSENTIALS

Impact of the Church of Rome in the late Roman Empire

 The Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity and made it legal.

 Christianity later became the official state religion.

 The Church became a source of moral authority.

 The Church became the main unifying force of Western Europe.

 Heresies such as Arianism and Donatism sometimes divided Christians.


KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: May 17, 2018