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Constantine marks an important turning point for Christianity. Under his reign, Christianity was no longer a small, grass-roots, mystery cult. It moved into the spotlight, and with that, its questions, debates, and internal squabbles became matters of imperial concern.
In this episode we’ll explore Constantine's relationship with Christianity, specifically his involvement in calling the first of seven ecumenical councils that would come to define Christian orthodoxy as we know it today, the Council of Nicea.
In calling this council, Constantine set the precedent that “Christian issues” were issues of the empire, and Christianity itself was important even if you weren’t Christian yourself, and in doing so, set the stage for relationship between the church and emperor for the next several hundred years.