Christianity is a faith with a long and detailed history, with numerous events of lasting significance occurring throughout the ages.
Each week bring the anniversaries of great milestones, horrid tragedies, amazing triumphs, and everything in between.
Here are just a few things that happened this week in Church history. They include the death of an anti-Christian emperor, the first conference for an influential denomination, and the conversion of a warrior.
Julian the Apostate died on June 26, 363
This week marks the anniversary of the death of the last pagan Roman Emperor, Julian the Apostate, which took place at a battle in modern day Iraq on June 26, 363.
A nephew of Emperor Constantine, the leader who legalized Christianity earlier that century, Julian became emperor in 361 and proclaimed himself an enemy of Christianity, officially converting to paganism.
"Julian apparently saw himself as the head of a pagan church. He performed animal sacrifices and was a staunch defender of a sort of pagan orthodoxy, issuing doctrinal instructions to his clergy," noted Britannica.
"Not surprisingly, this incipient fanaticism soon led from apparent toleration to outright suppression and persecution of Christians. Pagans were openly preferred for high official appointments, and Christians were expelled from the army and prohibited from teaching classical literature and philosophy."
In a war against the Persians at a battle fought at Ctesiphon, Julian was fatally wounded and died at age 32. Reportedly, his last words were a Latin statement often rendered "Thou hast triumphed, O Galilean."
The first Methodist Conference was held on June 25, 1744
This week marks the anniversary of when the first-ever conference was held for the Methodist movement, a religious group that eventually became very influential in British and American society.
Held in London starting on June 25, 1744, Methodism's founder John Wesley later wrote that the purpose of the conference was "to consider how we should proceed to save our own souls and those that heard us."
"After some time, I invited the lay preachers that were in the house to meet with us. We conferred together for several days and were much comforted and strengthened thereby," wrote Wesley.
While scholars estimate the total attendance of this first conference to be around 10 men, the 2016 United Methodist Church's General Conference in Portland, Oregon, had an attendance figure around 1,000, representing a denomination with over 12 million members.
Geronimo was baptized on July 1, 1903
This week marks the anniversary of when famed Apache chief and warrior Geronimo was baptized in the Methodist Church.
Born in 1829 in Mexico, Geronimo fought both Mexican and American soldiers during his lifetime, often resisting federal government efforts to place his people on reservations.
On July 1, 1903, Geronimo decided to convert to Christianity, later recounting that he was first drawn to the religion as a means of self-improvement.
"I believe that the church has helped me much during the short time I have been a member," noted Geronimo. "I have advised all of my people who are not Christians, to study that religion, because it seems to me the best religion in enabling one to live right."