Essay on Differences Between Christianity And Christianity

774 Words Nov 11th, 2015 4 Pages
Religion is a large puzzle piece in common culture. The Roman empire was initially notorious for paganism, which through the test of time became ostracized. Christianity lurked within the Roman empire and was inferior early on as believers were often persecuted. Once Christianity began to pervade the government there were conversions seen among some of the officials. In time, Christianity took root and was eventually made the state religion in Rome. The values and ideals of the two religions were at odds with each other, but by examining history, theistic viewpoints, traditions, divine power, and practices will unravel both religions to give a definitive and pertinent explanation. A basic analysis of theistic viewpoints with Christianity and paganism gives a necessary introduction to these religions. Christianity is considered to be monotheistic, the belief in one god. Christianity began as a religion of the Eastern Mediterranean and was mainly an urban religion. Christianity was not spread into rural areas until after the Roman empire was dissolved. Paganism was considered to be polytheistic, the belief in multiple gods. The pagan gods were often times closely similar to the gods ancient Greeks believed in. Jupiter is the, “Supreme ruler of the gods” (Aeneid 130), which is the equivalent to the Greek god Zeus. The concept of a supreme ruler of other gods in both Roman culture and Greek makes them merely identical. Paganism was a much older religion compared to…

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