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3rd Century. At beginning of century, Edessa (Urfa in modern Turkey) becomes first Christian state. • Emperor Septimus Severus (202-211) persecutes; forbids conversion to Christianity.Where are the key Christian centers of the world?
• North Africa a key Christian center. Egypt alone has a million Christians by the end of 3rd century. Carthage and Alexandria leading centers of Christian theological development with such figures as Origen, Tertullian, Clement of Alexandria.Why is it important for Christians to learn church history?
It is important as believers for Christians to learn church history. It helps us learn from our ancestors. Followers need to understand where we came from to understand where we are going.