Byzantine Empire 555AD
Byzantine Empire 555AD

Exploring Religion Modern and Ancient 1

by Lewis Loflin

There is a great deal of material on this site in regards to religion, in particular subjects related to rational monotheism and the Bible. Because Christianity was a product of the Hellenism Alexander the Great would be a good place to start taking another look. The later Roman Empire as such never "fell" in 479 AD, it merely changed form, a process going back a few centuries.

"We can not command religion, for no man can be compelled to believe anything against his will."

Historical Jesus versus Apostle Paul. Paul was a powerful Roman citizen, not a mere Jew. His agenda was to undermine the Jews and extend Roman power. His new cult placed Rome over mankind.

So-called Prophet Mohammed May Never Existed. Mohammed by tradition died around 632 A.D. There are no references, writings, etc. The earliest known writing that refer to him date around 750 A.D. His alleged revelations are taken from mostly the Jewish Talmud, Christians, and Zoroastrians.

On the topic of Judaism and Zoroastrianism see Judaism Meets Zoroastrianism.

Most notable were the "barbarians" were not like what we often make of the word today. They didn't destroy everything and in fact were Christians!. They were Arian Christians and in fact acted more civilized in many respects than Rome and the Catholic Church. Two great men express my view and that of this website: As Theodoric the Great viewed religion,

"We can not command religion, for no man can be compelled to believe anything against his will."

Quoting Thomas Paine:

I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life. I believe the equality of man, and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.

Quoting Thomas Jefferson:

On the contrary. I hold (without appeal to revelation) that when we take a view of the is impossible for the human mind not to perceive and feel a conviction of design, consummate skill, and indefinite power in every atom of its composition...We see, too evident proofs of the necessity of a superintending power to maintain the universe in its course and order...

Quoting Christoph Cardinal Schonborn:

What could be more fundamental to science than the assumption that the explorability and thereby the cognizability of reality arises due to its bearing the handwriting of its author? God speaks the language of his creation, and our spirit, which is likewise his creation, is able to perceive it, to hear it, to comprehend it.

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