There can be three main related factors that contributed to the increase and expansion of Christianity, and ultimately its being successful. These were a combination of political, social and economic factors. The very rise of early Christianity has been the topic of substantially debate and historical analyses. I will be attempting to simply description and comment on some of the main social factors that lead to the very rise of Christianity.
Christianity seems to have come at the best time, in an age where life was uncertain and many cases could not be controlled such as the barbarians invading; fires eliminating down whole cities and plagues killing off a great deal of00 the population, whether you were rich or poor it constructed no difference, life in the Greco-Roman world was rather fragile and short. Life expectancy was not great and the average person lived until around the age of 30 or even considerably a lot less. Life expectancy was very low and what may have appealed to pagans was that the Christian religion and doctrines offered pray and certainty in the afterlife and even some personal céleste protection in this world. These new doctrines would have seemed attractive to pagans, when there was growing discontent with pagan tactics and a general spiritual unrest. Like Christianity the Roman Religion was for the ordinary man but interest was initially waning and the mystery religions were far too complicated for those common Roman, thus the people’s choice was likely to end up Christianity.
Christianity also offered hope to a usually cynical society that believed that their destinies were resolved, either to be in the Gods’ favour or to be from it, with no hope of redemption. Christianity offered an alternative considering the much desired possibility of salvation.
Christianity was primarily some sort of urban movement, in these urban centre’s Christianity grew on a steady pace, the urban areas of cities such as Antioch, were very condensed with people it is estimated that there were 117 consumers per acre. In comparison to modern cities of today this is fairly overcrowded. The overcrowding was so extreme, entire the entire family were living together in single room apartments; the left little personal space and allowed everyone to discover each other’s business. Given that urban centre’s were noticeably overcrowded and that early Roman Greco cities had no sanitation or sewerage to the average apartments people would probably often just throw their bodily waste out the window on their apartments onto the streets. Starks describe the situation in these urbanized areas as:
Given limited water and methods for sanitation and the incredible density of humans and critters, most people in the Greco-Roman world would have lived in filth more than our imagining.
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Apartment buildings were often Smokey, dimly lit, damp and always dirty. The air was filled with the odour of sweat, urine and faces. Onto of these factors the rodents and bugs were everywhere in these condos. The city streets were not much better they had open sewers, cat manure and crowds in some places it was so bad there were departed human corpses abandoned in the streets. When cities was in a constant state of filth, insects and crowding, disease was rife in these conditions, especially when these Aventure societies had no antibiotics or knowledge of germs. Quite often plagues would strike and physical illness was rather a part of daily life. An example of this was the analysis of our faeces that were found in a cesspit in Jerusalem highlighted large amounts of tapeworm and whipworm eggs, which illustrates poor sanitary conditions where humans often came into all contact with human faeces.