After Jesus walked the earth, the Christian church grew from several hundred followers of Jesus to a sizable percentage of the population of the Roman empire... in less than 300 years. In this class we'll examine the historic and demographic factors that allowed the church to grow. We'll look at who led the church in the generations following the apostles. We'll explore the theology and worship of the early church. We’ll also learn about the history of the New Testament and the nature of the persecution of early Christians (which leads us to ask: why did anyone become a Christian in the first three centuries anyway?)