Jesus: The Birth of Christianity
Jesus began spreading a message of love and peace in a period during which Judea was under the domination of a Roman occupying army. He challenged and angered the established Pharisee leaders, who successfully called for the Roman occupiers to crucify him for blasphemy.
His crucifixion in circa AD 28-29 was a catastrophe for his devotees. Shortly after his death, however, a large number of them claimed he had risen from the dead and had appeared to them. His resurrection became the basis of Christian belief from then on.By AD 380, Christianity had become the state religion of Rome. Today, Christianity is one of the major world religions and has influenced legal and political systems around the world, as well as our calendar, which is based around the birth of Christ.