St. Augustine's Loss Of Christian Faith In Rome

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In 410 Rome was captured by the Alaric the Gothic King, as a result the Pagans believed that the disasters that has occurred in Rome, was because of the Christians religion. They believed the Christian faith had weakened the Roman Empire, as before the Christians had arrived the Pagan Gods, had made the Roman Empire successful. Furthermore, it would never had fallen if the Romans had stayed true to their Pagan Gods. Augustine response to these accusation, to try quell both the pagans and Christians, who believe that if the one true God existed then he should have protected Rome. Saint Augustine was born in North Africa town of Thagate. Carr (2009: 8). When he got older he was set to Cartage to study, there he got involved in with the Manichees. …show more content…
Chadwick (2004: 337). The many Christians were “severely shaken in their faith” as they could not believe that a “Christian Empire” could fall, as they were under God 's protection. Goffart (1971: 433). Both the Christians and Pagans, were in shock, as neither Christians or Pagans were spared from the disasters that were to befall them. Dill (1924: 61). The barbarians began to burn houses down and rape the women, they stole treasured sacred to the churches. Dill (1924: 62). Many believed that Rome’s destruction was caused by the Romans “forsaking their Gods under whose protection Rome had enjoyed such long prosperity”. Dill (1924: 62). As Rome had become more Christian ordinated, they began to drift away from their Pagan Gods in favour of the Christian God and their views. A pagan named Volusianus questioned if the Christians were the ones that caused the disasters in Rome. Dill (1924: 63). A friend of Volusianus named Marcellinus, told St Augustine what Volusianus had said about the Christians causing the collapse of Rome. Dill (1924: 63). Therefore, St Augustine had no other recourse other than to send a letter to Volusianus in the hopes of alleviating his fears, but also as a way of defending in Christians against any wrong doings. Dill (1924:

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