Essay On Christianism In The Roman Empire

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In the time of Roman rule many ideas tried and failed to intervene with the traditions and ideals of the polytheistic way of life. But the idea that broke through the traditions of paganism was the “cult” of Christianity. Christianity took the Roman Empire and people into a different age of ideals and ways of life. In this essay the evidence through ancient writings and events will portray the transformation of a deeply paganist empire to the strictly Christian empire it became. It will show the changes that the Christianity brought to the pagan Roman Empire and how it developed into the first Christian empire. During the years of a Roman Republic, many rules and customs were laid out. For example, a list of rules was written in the …show more content…
Many of the most influential people including military generals and senators had not joined the movement of Christianity. As the religion became more and more prominent many officials felt like they were forced to join the Christian faith to continue their career. There was much tension because of the religion switch. Pagans started blaming Christians and their nonbelief in the gods for losing battles but although Christianity was the official religion, pagans posed as an intense power in odds with the political and religious power of the Christians. Something that changed intensely was the fact that Christians did not believe in the imperial Cult. So the emperors of the past and future would not be special in that way. Instead any common man could have contact with …show more content…
For centuries, since the emperor was thought to have connection with the gods unlike others did, his decrees were obeyed without a lot of question. But now since there is a different religion and the emperor no longer has that power, many were unsure of how to deal with going about obeying the emperor. This also brought confusion when talking about the laws of the empire and customs such as sacrifice and worship. Augustine wrote in his confessions on this matter: “but when God command something contrary to the customs or laws of a people, even if it has never been previously done, it has to be done.’ (46) But on the other hand in The Ancient World it says that: “But the most marvelous and admirable achievement of all, and the one deserving out fullest gratitude, is this….You alone of the imperial powers of history rule over men who are free.” (147-148) In 380 Christianity was made the Roman Empire’s authorized religion and out lawed paganism. This brought as new monotheistic way of looking at religion to the empire which cause Christians to not perform Caesar worship which in the old Roman way would have been seen as disloyal. Brutality was said to have gone down in the time of Christian rule, for meaningless killing in such events such as gladiatorial

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