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Old June 11th, 2011, 09:29 AM   #1
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What were the reasons that the Roman gods lost so rapidly against the Christian god?


Christianity was already on the rise in the 3rd century A.D. but it's real progress began in the 4th century why was this? Why did the traditional roman gods also by the christian called "paganism" lost so rapidly against the Christian god? Was this because it was harder to believe in multiple gods? Was it because the Christian god was a god for everyone? I hope you fellow historians can help me with this.

Personally I find it rather sad that such a magnificent religion that the Romans had before Christianity could so easily fall. Some Historians even say that christianity caused partly the fall of the Roman Empire, because it made the switch from a aggresive and strong Empire on the gods of war like Mars to a more forgiving and weaker Empire under the christian god who was much more focussed on forgiving then on revench.
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"Rapidly" ???
Hardly ...

Anyhow, the main single contributor was naturally the conversion of Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus and (even more relevant) his dynasty.
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Old June 11th, 2011, 09:38 AM   #3

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Having one god, that dosen't have any flaws and protects everything and everyone was defenatly more easy , than having multible gods, every single one beeing "in charch" of something...
Atleast one of the reasons for me ^ ^
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Constantine wanted it. He was the emperor. People feared the emperor.
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400-500 years is rapid? In the scheme of the world I can agree, but in the span of human history, it is a decent amount of time for social change.

Personally however, I agree that it was a fairly interesting religion...shame to see it go.
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Chritianity appealed to the poor?
As the world starts to crumble a good you offers salvation if you do something --such as lead a 'good' life rather than give that god something may have more of an appeal
Just a thought
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"Rapidly" ???
Hardly ...

Anyhow, the main single contributor was naturally the conversion of Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus and (even more relevant) his dynasty.
Agreed, "rapidly" is totally inadequate as a term, christianity was also in existance long before the 3rd century. Note also that the incorporation of the Hellenistic East played an important part in the spread of christianity, which in essence was of course just another eastern religion, with this I point towards the tendency that existed in the Hellenistic east towards monothe´sm. Note that the prior to the christian god (leaving the juda´c god in the middle because it was socially/politically marginalised) there were popular gods that leaned towards monothe´sm such as the popular Mithra´s cult and the various sun-worshipping cults such as that of Sol Invictus (this being a more universal term if iirc also linked amongst others to Mithras). All in all the rise of christianity ushered in a period og increasing monothe´stic tendencies.

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With many Gods power is divided among all the worshipers of each God while this way they got just one God and power is united, i guess it looked quite a bit easier, my opinion at least. It did not happen over the night of course, it took a lot of time in human perspective.
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This is not just the case for the Roman Gods, but around the world all polytheistic ideas seem to have been replaced by monotheistic religions (To be more exact, Abrahamic religions). I am in no place to identify exactly how this happened, but this has something to do with the robustness of the ideas and the degree of aggressiveness we usually see among their followers.
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This is not just the case for the Roman Gods, but around the world all polytheistic ideas seem to have been replaced by monotheistic religions (To be more exact, Abrahamic religions). I am in no place to identify exactly how this happened, but this has something to do with the robustness of the ideas and the degree of aggressiveness we usually see among their followers.
Not everywhere. Hinduism, esoteric Buddhism and Shinto are all essentially pagan religions.
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