By Emperor of Rome Theodosius I; Emperor of Rome Theodosius I; Freeman, Charles
Examines the pivotal ways that Theodosius's decree mandating a Christian orthodoxy ended debates concerning the nature of God, exploring the explanations why Theodosius's function was once made to seem as a consensual ruling through the Council of Constantinople.
summary: Examines the pivotal ways that Theodosius's decree mandating a Christian orthodoxy ended debates in regards to the nature of God, exploring the explanations why Theodosius's function used to be made to seem as a consensual ruling by means of the Council of Constantinople
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Human beings have always organised themselves to participate in what can only be called ‘religious’ activities and to speculate on what may or may not lie beyond the material world. They have gained great comfort from their shared involvement in these activities. How Professor Dawkins imagines one can ringfence this aspect of human behaviour and somehow eliminate it is not clear. ) Where I have difficulty is being asked to believe one dogma or another on grounds of ‘faith’ when there is no rational underpinning for that dogma.
Constantine had fought his way to power, but his father, Constantius, had been one of Diocletian’s Caesars (deputy emperors). Constantine was succeeded by his three sons, the last of whom, Constantius II, died in 361 and was succeeded in his turn by his cousin, the pagan emperor Julian. Jovian was already a senior officer when he was proclaimed emperor by his troops on the death of Julian, as was Valentinian on Jovian’s death. Valens, Gratian and Valentinian II were all, of course, members of the imperial family.
As it was, they advanced in some confusion, finally reaching the walls of Constantinople and looting its suburbs but unable to take the city itself. They could not destroy the empire but they had humiliated it. They had disrupted much of the administrative framework of the Balkans, and made its shortage of manpower even more acute, not least because the local Roman magister militum of the eastern provinces, one Julius, picked out the Goths serving in the Roman armies and had them all killed. The focus was now on Gratian.
A.D. 381 : heretics, pagans, and the dawn of the monotheistic state by Emperor of Rome Theodosius I; Emperor of Rome Theodosius I; Freeman, Charles