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Jerm

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Constantine
« on: November 13, 2008, 03:49:00 AM »
Some of y'all with more insight on Church history might be able to answer this.  I know that Augustine had a major role in the promotion and popularity of ET in the church, but I was wondering if the Emperor Constantine had any role as well.  I've read that he used Christianity as a way to unite his empire from a political standpoint and since the threat of eternal hellfire is a good way controling people, I've wondered if he promoted the doctrine of ET once he gained control.  Anybody know?

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Re: Constantine
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2008, 09:04:02 PM »
Hi Jerm,  no I dont think he did.  Constantine the great made Christianity legal  with the edit of Milan in 313, but he still allowed pagan worship, it was a later emperor who banned that.  The suggestion that Constantine used christianity to control people is normally only found in atheist propoganda, I haven't came across it in any of the history I've read.

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Re: Constantine
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2008, 09:39:00 PM »
I'm always throwing the two together giving them both the credit . . .really bad oversight on my part to be sure.

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Re: Constantine
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2008, 11:06:44 PM »
The biggest problem was Emperor Justinian, who followed the edict to unite Rome under one rule and began the Christian Wars.