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Christianity
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     challenging words:    medieval, dated, convert, spires, cathedral, military, nuns, religion, universe, emperor, kings, landscape, mankind, gain, cases, queens
     content words:    Middle Ages, Roman Empire, Eastern Orthodox Church, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholics, Old Testament, New Testament, Christian Holy Land, Catholic Church


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Christianity
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     When you look at a picture of a medieval town, what do you see at the town's center? Often, you will see a Christian cathedral. With its tall spires reaching toward heaven, the cathedral dominated the landscape in many small towns of the Middle Ages. This is not a surprise, since Christianity was the dominant religion in Europe during that time.
 
2     Christianity was not the only religion in Europe in the Middle Ages. There were Jews, Muslims, and pagans in Europe too, but as the Middle Ages progressed, Christianity established itself as the religion of Europe's Middle Ages.
 
3     How did that happen? Christianity had already been growing for hundreds of years in the Roman Empire, and when the Roman Empire collapsed, Christianity continued. Then, during the Middle Ages, Christian leaders began to gain power again. As new countries were formed, Christian leaders were often in charge. In the Middle Ages, "Church" and "State" were not kept separate as they are in many places now.

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