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Did you realize that Christianity was declared the main religion of the Roman....

Empire?. In the days of the Apostles, and Socrates, and King Agrippa, and Solomon, and when Jesus walked the earth, and during the times of the most utter awful Roman torture ? What would have made leaders...leader? What did they need to do? Was their any boundaries? Did they even have any conscience? Was any leader ever really nice for 1,000's of years, ever? Don't you wonder how we even got this far? Whew. Ok I'm done.

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:06 PM on Oct. 19, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • i wonder what you're talking about.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 1:11 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • Christianity evolved over several centuries and was formalized, more or less, during King Constantine's reign about three hundred years after the Crucifixion. It was a generally persecuted and under-ground religion until that time. Regardless of individual brutal episodes, we owe are very existence to the Greek and Roman eras and all they accomplished, much of which included wars both started by and defended against. Only be studying history can you begin to see parallels with what is happening today. Culture changes, but human behavior does not.

    Answer by annabarred at 1:29 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • Someone found a history book

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:39 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • Yeah, after Constantine had a hallucianation...(He was not incredibly healthy, mentally or physically) He turned to Christianity ...
    So, all of the torture went from one group to another and continued on for longer...
    But, there have been good leaders. Within Roman, Egytian, Greek, history, there have been leaders that have made their lands great and their people proud. European history is full of it, as well as Asian history

    Answer by Kaelansmom at 2:01 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • Yes, I really should look up good leaders. So many of them are smucks and literally get lableled bad before they have the chance to lead. I feel it's a long term lack of respect from years of making bad moral, ethical, and financial moves. And the one leader who wants to turn the whole mess around gets a dirty name, only because the mess was so awful to have to deal with before. (he got there)

    I hope we all can do our parts in creating some nicer systems of living.

    Answer by coffeeyum at 2:14 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • im not sure what you're asking so im gonna break it into numbers.
    1st Q-yes
    2nd Q-not really a question
    3rd Q-leaders were either elected (in Greek/roman times), appointed by "God", the relative of the last leader, or took control thru military coup.
    4th Q-they needed to make the tough decisions, plan for the future of the ppl, and sometimes just look royal/godly
    5th Q-sometimes yes, sometimes no.
    6th Q-hard to say...looking at each leader would take more space than i have. but some did, some didnt.
    7th Q-yes, there were some leaders in the past that were considered wonderful leaders, but they always did something wrong in someones eyes.
    8th Q- not really, humans are very adaptive and can figure out how to make good of a bad situation.

    Answer by okmanders at 2:31 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • It wasn't until the 300's when Constantine ended persecution on Christianity, and then finally established it as the official Roman religion. So it certainly wasn't in the days of the Apostles, as they were all long dead by then. Constantine decided he wanted unity within the religion, so he ordered those "leaders" to come to consensuses on the faith, even though he was a Pagan who didn't convert until he was on his death bed and had no understanding of the faith or the different sects and strains. Reading the ways articles of faith were decided really sheds a light on what is considered doctrine and why....

    The early history of Christianity is something that fascinates me....

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 3:57 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • The main reason the Greek and Roman eras were so important is that their conquering forays opened up vast trade routes with other cultures which expanded the local prosperity which in turn allowed the citizens to pursue pursuits other than the hand-to-mouth existence that slows development. Google Greek and Roman technologies for an idea of their importance.

    Answer by annabarred at 4:12 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • Yep, Constantine declared it to be the official religion of the Roman Empire after winning a battle while carrying a Christian Symbol which he saw in a vision in 313AD.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 5:41 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • Yes, this was Constantine's work. Keep in mind he was not a priest but someone trying to take over as much of the world as possible. This was religion being used to control and for political ends, as well as church (read money) support of his efforts and vice versa - very political move. There is a history of religion and politics working together for control... hmm, sound familar?

    Answer by figaro8895 at 8:46 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

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