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Early Church History

From its founding to about A.D. 600 the church survived profound changes. First it was accepted by Rome as part of Judaism, then persecuted as an unapproved religion. In a complete reversal, it came to dominate the empire in the fourth century with the rise of Constantine. It then began to work out foundational theological issues such as the nature of Christ and the Trinity.
A.D. 451: The Council of Chalcedon
A Condemnation of the Council of Ephesus
and the Catholic Monk Eutyches.
Also, the Passing of the Twenty-Eighth Canon.
AD 496: Clovis and the Franks Convert to Catholicism
Sixth-century Gallo-Roman bishop and historian Gregory of Tours, whose History of the Franks is the fullest account of the early Germanic peoples, tells us that Clovis I, (also known as Chlodovocar, A.D. 466-511) became king of a small Frankish kingdom at the age of 15. Clovis had never really thought much about spiritual matters, but did so at the moment he and his army faced a difficult battle against the Alemanni army.
A.D 590: Gregory the Great--The First Pope
Gregory was born around the year A.D. 540 into a wealthy Roman home. According to Gregory of Tours, the popeís personal historian, Gregory was an apt scholar in the fields of grammar, rhetoric, logic and law. During his lifetime he wrote several famous works such as Moralia on the person Job, and a biography on the monk Benedict (the second book of the Dialogues).