Philosophy and Theology are distinctly different disciplines and are neither dependent nor exclusive of each other. Christianity did not rise into philosophy, or the other way around. That is, a Christian may philosophize while a philosopher ponders Christianity.
Christianity meshed with the Pagan culture which established the Catholic church and all of our major holidays today.
Christianity is '''THE TRUTH.''' Philosophy is a group of worldly so called intellects discussing their truth in a Starbucks.
Christianity and Greek Philosophy
Shortly after the resurrection, as Christianity (then called "The Way") was spreading throughout Judea, it was taken to the Hellenists (Greek Jews) where it really began in philosophy. During Jesus Christ's ministry, Greek philosophers had heard about Him and attempted to ask questions, but couldn't. If they had, the ball would have begun rolling sooner.
You need to specify what is is that we need to compare the rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire to.
In mainstream Christianity, it symbolizes the rebirth in Jesus Christ.
paul spreaded christianity throughout the empire
It's the way Christianity spread throughout the world
John H. Berthrong has written: 'Expanding process' -- subject(s): Chinese Philosophy, Philosophy, Philosophy and religion 'All under heaven' -- subject(s): Christianity, Christianity and other religions, Confucian Philosophy, Confucianism, Neo-Confucianism, Philosophy, Relations
One criticism is that because Christianity is based on faith, it has discouraged critical thinking.