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Constantinian shift
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Constantinian shift

Constantinian shift is a term used by Anabaptist and Post-Christendom theologians, to describe the beginning of Christendom in 325 AD when Christianity became the official religion of the Roman empire under the emperor Constantine I.

Critics of the merger of church and state point to this shift of the beginning of the era of Constantinianism when the Christianity and the will of God gradually came to be identified with the will of the ruling elite; and in some cases was little more than a religious justification for the exercise of power.

Augustine of Hippo was an apologist for the Constantinian shift and many of his writings attempt to justify the association of Christianity with empire.

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