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Christianity and the Roman Empire, Part Two

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 05:10 PM by Valens
Updated January 25th, 2018 at 01:24 AM by Valens

The Crisis of the Third Century and Roman Religion

The third century had, in many ways, been a tumultuous time for the Roman state. The deep political crisis of Augustus' Principate had many subtle consequences on the overall Roman society and the Classical civilization as a whole.

The problems that would come to trouble the Roman state and people in the third century had surfaced much earlier, arguably during the early Principate already. Nevertheless, following the...
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Christianity and the Roman Empire - Part One

Posted February 8th, 2017 at 12:27 PM by Valens
Updated January 25th, 2018 at 01:47 AM by Valens


There has rarely been a question so popular and controversial among historians, researchers, philosophers and theologians, as the relationship between the Roman state and Christianity. Without doubt, the very importance of the matter for the world history makes it a heated, and sometimes even divisive subject among both scholars and laymen.
This blog post will provide my personal perspective on this particularly complex topic. It is not my aim to make it a scholarly
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The Politics of a Minority or Losing Religion

Posted July 3rd, 2013 at 04:52 AM by Aya Katz

Today, the worship of Jupiter is a thing of the past. It is not just a dwindling or dying religion. It pretty much doesn't exist. As such, it is also not subject to much persecution or discrimination. There are not too many laws directed at the worshipers of Jupiter, prohibiting them from taking degrees in ancient history or religion, for instance. There are no quotas, saying that only 10% of doctors should be the followers of Jupiter, or that the worshipers of Jupiter are not to marry people from...
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A Few Islamic Thinkers on Modernity

Posted March 17th, 2012 at 12:10 PM by spellbanisher
Updated March 17th, 2012 at 12:31 PM by spellbanisher

The Islamic World’s encounter with Modernity was and is at the same time an encounter with a powerful and expanding West. As Western countries industrialized during the Nineteenth century they also competed for hegemonic influence around the globe in the process spreading a secular theology sometimes referred to as Modernity. This theology, which entails the separation of the religious from the political, challenged the totalizing scope of Islamic doctrine. In rejection of the West, some groups...
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