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Theodosius’ death precipitated a political crisis, and the barbarians were soon taking advantage of it with invasions on an unprecedented scale. The intervention of the state in theological matters appeared less attractive to people who had witnessed the trials of the Priscillianists and the cruel executions that concluded them. Many Christians became less certain of themselves and went back to paganism. Many pagans became more aggressive and dared to say openly that the new religion was responsible for the collapse of the empire. In the pagan field resignation yielded to fury, and in the Christian field aggressiveness had to be turned into self-defence. This incidentally brought about a revival of pagan historical writing in Greek: pagan Greek historiography had been conspicuously absent from the ideological struggles of the fourth century. It thus becomes clear that the years between 395 and 410 saw new developments in historiography which are beyond the scope of this lecture. ...
In times of persecution and of uneasy tolerance the Church had developed its idea of orthodoxy and its conception of the providential economy of history. It emerged victorious to reassert with enhanced authority the unmistakable pattern of divine intervention in history, the ruthless elimination of deviations. The foundations of Christian historiography had been laid long before the time of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge.
At the beginning of the fourth century Christian chronology had already passed its creative stage. What Eusebius did was to correct and to improve the work of his predecessors, among whom he relied especially on Julius Africanus (14). He corrected details which seemed to him wrong even to the extent of reducing the priority of the Biblical heroes over the pagan ones. Moses, a contemporary of Ogyges according to Julius Africanus, was made a contemporary of Kekrops with a loss of 300 years. Eusebius was not afraid of attacking St Paul’s guesses about the chronology of the Book of Judges. He freely used Jewish and anti-Christian sources such as Porphyrios.
Originally posted by Caleb.K
reply to post by Solsthime331
Yes, many christian religions have combined and distorted ancient pagan traditions and rituals into there practice. However, true christians do not partake in these pagan traditions, neither does the bible support these pagan celebrations.
Originally posted by BioStatistic
LOL they just bastardized them.
Originally posted by 2XOHsurf
Christianity originates from the Old Testament, 100%. You are looking at bits a pieces and tying them to Christianity because they are similar but there is no chain of evidence.
So is Judaism derived from other religions? I highly doubt it, Judaism is the most unique "religion" on the planet, incomparable to any other, past or future. If you want to understand Christianity, you should learn more about Judaism.
Something came before Christianity that they adopted and adapted to sell their religion, what came before that or even before that? Fact is, it all came from somewhere else and the earliest records we find are the Sumerian texts. Everything else is man making god in his own image. Can we believe it? WELL, that's where faith comes in, doesn't it? We all know Christianity is the world's biggest lie, and for those of you who slam me for this, do your homework before you post because I can PROVE everything in this post.