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The term Catholic Christianity entered into Roman law by force of edict under the Roman Emperor Theodosius on February 27 AD 380 in the Theodosian Code XVI.i.2:
"It is our desire that all the various nations which are subject to our clemency and moderation, should continue the profession of that religion which was delivered to the Romans by the divine Apostle Peter, as it has been preserved by faithful tradition and which is now professed by the Pontiff Damasus and by Peter, Bishop of Alexandria, a man of apostolic holiness. According to the apostolic teaching and the doctrine of the Gospel, let us believe in the one Deity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in equal majesty and in a holy Trinity. We authorize the followers of this law to assume the title Catholic Christians;
but as for the others,
since in our judgment they are foolish madmen,
we decree that they shall be branded with the ignominious name of heretics,
and shall not presume to give their conventicles the name of churches.
They will suffer in the first place the chastisement of divine condemnation and the second the punishment of our authority, in accordance with the will of heaven shall decide to inflict."
The Chinese do not allow Christianity, the Russians tried to exterminate all Christians.
Christianity is ridiculed in Hollywood productions and here on ATS, whilst the ridiculing of Islam, and Judaism is discouraged.
Originally posted by halfoldman
And who can say what is "Christian"?
Many "Christians" today would probably have been burnt at the stake as heretics when the Cathars were persecuted.
The whole Westboro church would have been one enormous bonfire.
The Cathars of the Languedoc were dualist heretics who probably presented the greatest doctrinal challenge faced by the Catholic church in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
The word Cathar comes from the Greek katharos, meaning pure.
They were dissident, pacific Christians who would not accept the orthodox position that an omnipotent and eternal God could possibly have been responsible for the material world of matter, as to them, this world was the product of an evil creator, not a good one
The Cathars believed that matter was evil, and that Man (Humanity) was an alien sojourner in an essentially evil world. Therefore, the main aim of Man was to free his spirit, which was in its nature good, and restore it with God.
They did not believe in a Last Judgement, believing instead that this material world would end only when the last of the angelic souls had been released from it. They believed in reincarnation, and that souls could take many lifetimes to reach perfection before their final release.
They were successful healers and doctors, and knew a great deal about herbalism. Overall, the Cathars had a large number of followers, and the greatest success in southern France and northern Italy. Soon, with such radical beliefs and large numbers, they became a definite threat to the Catholic church, and the Inquisition was finally launched on them, culminating in one of the bloodiest, ruthless crusades the world has ever seen.
Originally posted by adjensen
reply to post by minnow
Not to defend the Catholic Church of the past for some of their atrocities, but you're not showing the whole picture here. The Cathars weren't Christian, by definition, being Gnostic-oriented non-Trinitarians. They were just another group that didn't believe in orthodox Christianity, they just happened to have Jesus as a part of their belief system. Secondly, there was a political aspect to the conflict in addition to the religious one, as was usually the case in that time period. Finally, the Pope attempted to resolve the issues diplomatically, but had his representative murdered by the Cathars, which is what led to the Albigensian Crusade.
Christianity is absolutely allowed in China.
What you read is False, the Government of China does not involve itself in religion, and would certainly not be organizing or supporting or involving itself in a religion.
Religious practices are still often tightly controlled by government authorities. Currently, Chinese over age 18 in the PRC are permitted to be involved with officially sanctioned Christian meetings through the "Three-Self Patriotic Movement" or the "Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association". Many Chinese Christians who want to avoid the state-controlled religious movements meet in unregistered house churches – "risking fines, imprisonment, torture, and even, in some cases, death."
Falun Gong’s departure from the state-run Qigong Association corresponded to a wider shift in the government’s attitudes towards qigong practices. As qigong’s detractors in government grew more influential, authorities began attempting to rein in the growth and influence of these groups, some of which had amassed tens of millions of followers.