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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

Introduction

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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Posted December 9th, 2015 at 11:54 PM by Valens
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There has rarely been a question that has occupied the minds of men so profoundly, such as the one that asks what happens after our death.
Various cultures, peoples and civilizations have made great efforts at answering this pressing question, whether by using philosophy, mythology, religion (or all of the three together) - and today, science; many cultures have come to elaborate theological as well as philosophical ways of describing the fate...
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Religion and the Irish Conflict

Posted October 18th, 2014 at 06:04 PM by Gile na Gile
Updated October 20th, 2014 at 08:26 AM by Gile na Gile

Some allow their own deeply held faith to colour their perceptions of what's happening during the Irish revolutionary period and perhaps my agnosticism colours mine but I can write to assure that the war fought by the Volunteers in Ireland was predominantly concerned with achieving self-government in the form of a Republic - religion playing little or no part in their calculations. The catholic bishops themselves disapproved of it and some of them even threatened ex-communication for nationalist...
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A Precursor of Religion?

Posted March 11th, 2013 at 09:28 PM by ghostexorcist
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A Precursor of Religion?

By Jim R. McClanahan

Animism is sometimes considered the earliest form of human religion. But what about before we started to think in terms of us vs. them (humans vs. animals), before we left the forests and evolved into our present forms? I'm currently reading The Cultured Chimpanzee: Reflections on Cultural Primatology (2004) by William C. McGrew. The chapter on social culture mentions a very strange practice of male chimpanzees that borders...
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