Modern historians are almost universal in their agreement that Constantine I was the first Christian emperor, but there are some who assert that Philip the Arab is more deserving of that title. In this episode, we look at the evidence pro/con and talk about what the debate itself says about the increasing importance of Christianity in the Roman Empire in the mid-3rd century.
Image of Bust of Philip the Arab by <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bust_of_emperor_Philippus_Arabus_-_Hermitage_Museum.jpg"George Shuklin
A good summary of the debate over Philip’s Christianity as well as good bibliography can be found <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_the_Arab_and_Christianity"here
Send e-mail questions and comments to email@example.com
Check out the other great Catholic podcasts at the Starquest Production Network”
To listen, just click on the link below:
#311 – A History of the Catholic Church – The First Christian Emperor?