25th July 2009

“The early 4th-century emperor Constantine, used Christian orthodoxy as a club with which to enforce political control of his vast empire. At the same time, Christian leaders happily enlisted Constantine's legions to suppress heresy. When the word 'Christian' is used today, the broad movement it defines owes as much to Constantine as it does to Jesus Christ.”

James P. Carroll

One Response to “25th July 2009”

  1. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    Had the emperor Julian, called “the Apostate” by (Christian) historians, not been killed during a battle with the Persians, it is at least possible that his effort to renew and reform his own prefered Neo-Platonic Philosophical Paganism would have become the religion of the West (or at least half of it).