What was early Christianity really like ? Roman Catholicism or just something else that could be called "proto-Christianity" (that is, before the great councils defined, according to some, the dogmas of Christian theology?)
>>7229503Illegal and underground
>>7229509and not the same
>>7229531mass was most likely in Greek, North Africa had a bunch of Christiansthe act of communion was one of the most important things the hadindividual practices varied wildly between the different Christian groups in different parts of the empire, once it was made the official religion of the empire they spent their fair amount of time shitting on many of the different groups and declaring heretics and their beliefs anathema.Some bits of the Bible that some interpret as shitting on other religions like Jews or Pagans are actually shitting on different Christians
>>7229503Here, this has more than what I could explain https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ante-Nicene_period
>>7229503It varied, though by the late second century their doctrines had reached something you might call proto-orthdox, from which Catholicism, orthodoxy, and the eastern churches all descend from. A lot of the finer details were not hammered out until the councils after Christianity was legalized. There were however groups outside that, many gnostics, what were later called judaizers, and Neo-platonists. Not all were regarded as heretics during their day but latter generations would. From what I have read the mass as we know it was no developed yet, though they had smaller ceremonies which were similar in someways. They adopted the veneration of the dead pretty early, and martyrs were buried in places of honor. While there was no well defined celibacy rules, there were movements within the church which strongly pushed celibacy.There was no bible, though several books including the four gospels and the letters of Paul were popular. Several other books like the apocalypse of Peter were popular as well, but did not make the final cut at the councils.
Probably a lot of secret house and cave Churches with a cruder version of with would become frescos in church interiors.>>7229553I think that vernacular languages must have been used early on given the existence of older texts in the various languages of antiquity. It became a problem when the churches after receiving imperial sanction began trying to force the Greek standard on the communities of the East.>>7229838Burials weren't allowed in Rome's city walls and in Abrahamics faiths being buried with other prominent religious figures is a blessing.
>>7229503Very interesting question. Almost every Christian today seems to want to claim that they represent being the same as the early Christians, but I do not believe that is the case for most of them, in terms of physically fulfilling most of the same typical functions and assuming the same general understandings that prevailed amongst them between at least the first and second centuries. Early Christianity still extends all the way through the fifth century AD, unless I am mistaken, though it takes on the beginnings of a more Catholic-Orthodox (themselves developing their feuds, although not fully realized until the 11th century) versus Nestorian and Coptic character after that, and there were still some Arians left, I believe.
>>7229503Probably varied af depending on region. There is a reason the first thing they did when persecution stopped was to hold a council to straighten out the inconsistencies that had formed over the previous 300 years. The idea that the Papacy existed in its current form or even any form at this time is just a Roman Catholic meme that only makes sense if you are already a Roman Catholic.
>>7229503That picture isn't a mass it's a Passover meal.
>>7229503How early are we talking? The earliest Christianity was basically just Judaism + the belief that Jesus was the Messiah.
>>7229503The apostles were young men, they were close friends through and through. They walked the life togheter along with their wives. They encountered those in need of assistanced, and they went where there was a need for help.The church was there wherever they went, because they carried the spirit of the Messiah in their heart.Then another teacher came and drew them away from their path.
They didn't have tridentine style masses yet. That developed over centuries. But it was the same in its essence. The early liturgy was probably more simple before the mass of the catechumens was added. Altar tables were small.But they believed in the eucharist and that only ordained bishops and priests(presbyters/elders) could offer the service. The liturgy was celebrated in house churches.