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Introduction
The recent past has seen scholars investigate the critical relationship between politics and
religion. Besides, this topic has not just drawn attention in academic materials and essays, but
has also been subject of debate in conferences as well as programs aligned to political
foundations. This topic has reached new heights of discussion, given the specific secular feature
of the public, and in particular political discussion within diverse societies. Despite public
opinion about religion being portrayed by the media as characterized by limited space, it often
draw a clear distinction between politics and religion. Nonetheless, studies show that political
power played an integral role in shaping Christianity in the aspects aligned to the Byzantine
Empire; the medieval West; the Far East; the Muslim world. Therefore, the aim of this paper is
to explain how ready access to power impacted on the expression of Christianity faith in
Byzantium and in the West, and how, by contrast, the need to negotiate with non-Christian rulers
shaped forms of the faith in the East and in a Muslim context.
The Byzantium and the medieval West
The Byzantium Empire, usually known as the Eastern Roman Empire or Byzantium is
projected to have existed between 330 and 1453. The Empire’s capital was Constantinople,
which was founded by Constantine I. It is important to note that Byzantium happened to be a
Christian State, with the official language being Greek. Besides, they introduced their political
systems, architecture, arts and even religious practices. While these were significantly dictated
by the culture of the Greco-Roman, were different and not just an extension of the ancient Rome.
Again, studies indicate that the Byzantium Empire happened to be the lengthiest medieval
power, with its influence believed to continue even presently, especially in terms of religion,

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1 How Political Power Shaped Christianity Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation Course Name and Number Professor’s Name Assignment Due Date 2 How Political Power Shaped Christianity Introduction The recent past has seen scholars investigate the critical relationship between politics and religion. Besides, this topic has not just drawn attention in academic materials and essays, but has also been subject of debate in conferences as well as programs aligned to political foundations. This topic has reached new heights of discussion, given the specific secular feature of the public, and in particular political discussion within diverse societies. Despite public opinion about religion being portrayed by the media as characterized by limited space, it often draw a clear distinction between politics and religion. Nonetheless, studies show that political power played an integral role in shaping Christianity in the aspects aligned to the Byzantine Empire; the medieval West; the Far East; the Muslim world. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to explain how ready access to power impacted on the expression of Christianity faith in Byzantium and in the West, and how, by contrast, the need to negotiate with non-Christian rulers shaped forms of the faith in the East and in a Muslim context. The Byzantium and the medieval West The Byzantium Empire, usually known as the Eastern Roman Empire or Byzantium is projected to have existed between 330 and 1453. The Empire’s capital was C ...
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