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When You Can't Beat'em, Join'em and Exploit'em

Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by Fool, Sep 17, 2021.

  1. Fool

    Fool ALL in all
    Premium Member

    Jan 12, 2016
    Light Impressed with Love
    so i have a strong, very strong suspicion, that when the roman empire decided to incorporate the jesus teachings as it's religion, christianity got substantially altered. why? because the teachings was impowering people and no matter how hard the romans tried to suppress it and exterminated it, it kept gathering momentum.

    energy cannot be created/destroyed but it can be transformed. so is there any evidence to the case? or am I just wishful thinking?

    elaine pagels claims that much of the NT is gnostic
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  2. Nakosis

    Nakosis Time Efficient Lollygagger
    Premium Member

    Nov 16, 2011
    Atheist Libertarian
    Or, they could have see how neatly this new religion would be able to control the masses with just a few tweaks here and there.
  3. John53

    John53 Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2017
    The Romans were infamous for adopting the Gods of the regions they conquered. Probably to get the locals on board or maybe Pascal's wager.
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  4. Nimos

    Nimos Well-Known Member

    Mar 26, 2014
    Don't know it for certain, but I would expect it to be the case as there have been lots of different ideas of how the scriptures or teachings should be understood, even today people can't agree on it. Even in the bible, you have Paul and Peter arguing about how you are saved, what is needed by the gentiles and what is not. So I would assume that the romans adapted what they thought were most likely to be true and what worked for them as well.

    There might be a good chance that the roman had a huge impact on it, given the mere size and power it had at the time.

    But again, im just guessing have no clue :)