The Tension Between Athens And Jerusalem Essay

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Inside the walls of the Russian gulag, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn learned the price of corrupt leaders: injustice. However, he unmasked the same potentiality of evil within himself. “If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being, and who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” Modern governments care for the physical needs of the citizens, but in antiquity, they also cared for the peoples’ spiritual needs. When solidifying doctrines, early church fathers explored the relationship between political and spiritual needs: the tension between Athens and Jerusalem. For centuries, Athens and Jerusalem thrived as separate entities. Beginning with the advent of Christ, the two began converging, culminating in Christ’s death and resurrection. After his ascension into heaven, Christ’s disciples began exploring the tension between Athens and Jerusalem engendered by Christianity. Christianity, initially thought to be a sect of Judaism, quickly evolved into a separate religion with a far greater reaching scope than either Athens or Jerusalem. As it continued to spread across the Roman empire, the church fathers debated and investigated the influence of both Athens and Jerusalem in Christianity. Eventually, they adapted the forms of the Roman government for the church. This repurposed Greco-Roman model ultimately satisfies the…

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