Based upon the other documents, the textbook should be rewritten. The textbooks all corroborate the persecution of Christians in Rome. The textbook lacks a definitive explanation for the persecution and an in-depth explanation of what the followers of Jesus endured. Documents B and C, while not flawless themselves, provide information that the textbook does not have. Document B describes how the Christians were preyed upon by the Roman people. In Tacitus account of Roman history, Christians were burnt, eaten by animals, and crucified. Document C details why the Romans were persecuting the Christians. According to the Theologian professor, the reason for Christian persecution in Rome was because the Romans did not understand Christian rituals.
Powerful spiritual renewal and heresy arose from the chaotic scene of bloodshed, the fierce intellectual controversies played an important role in religious freedom. The Reformation had brought individual thinkers to develop the principle that no one should be persecuted for his or her religion. Sebastian Castellio was one of the very first humanists who stood on this principle and describes that the world is entangled in the questions of religion. As indicated on Document 8, he does not agree with doctrine punishment for those who denied faith to Christianity. He believed that a person’s conscience should not be subject to power and suppressed by the civil authorities. On the other hand, Michel de Montaigne also developed his ideas toward the religion wars. He expressed his opinions by stating that instead of leaning into cruelty and wealth, religion should destroy vices and lead toward goodness (Document 11). John Milton, who was an English poet that lived through the Puritan Revolution, had also revealed his beliefs toward the freedom of individuals. However, as the last sentence implied that people should rejoice at, instead of arguing and grieving. We can draw the conclusion that religion tolerance was still rare during his time (Document 12). The results of Protestant Reformation had came out to be the developments of individual values toward religion tolerance. As the heretics endured prosecution, more people yearned for an acknowledgement for religious freedom and
Nathanial Turner was a slave that lived from 1800 to 1831. According to legend, his mother was so determined not to subject him to a life of slavery that she tried to kill him as soon as he was born. She was tied to her bed and held away from him until she calmed down. After that brief moment, however, Nat’s mother lavished love and affection on him. While Nat was very young, his parents and grandmother searched his head and body for bumps and marks that were, in African religion and folklore, signs of prophecy. (Bisson, Terry pg.15) He knew he was meant for something, and this rebellion was it. He was the only slave to lead an effective slave revolt against whites. Nat Turner was the riskiest slave in American history.
C.S. Lewis, a christian apologist writer wrote Mere Christianity in the nineteen-forties during world war two. Lewis wrote Mere Christianity in attempt to bring together a “common ground” of truths for the core of the Catholic Church’s beliefs. Mere Christianity shows readers logical ways of understanding the Catholic faith and he is presenting this central idea to help comprehend such ideas. The preface of Lewis’s Mere Christianity sets forth his ideas and arguments. Lewis is trying to convince readers his argument is credible and trustworthy, he is trying to get readers to understand his positioning and he is trying to give a sense of clarity. The preface shows Lewis’ goals when writing this argument; it shows how Lewis wanted so badly to express Christian unity no
During the 15th century religion was embedded in every facet of society and shaped their lives. Nun Rejects the Reformation, by Katherine Rem, A Nun Explains Leaving the Convent, by Ursula Munsterberg, and On Women Preachers, by Mary Dentiere contrasts conflicting perspectives and attitudes towards the Reformations and highlight both the positive and negative effects on women.
Even though many people now associate Rome with the Catholic Church and the beginning of Christianity, this Mediterranean epicenter used to be the center of conflict with the Christians. Because of the differing views, the Roman government was unwilling to allow Christianity to thrive in Rome and systematically denied them their religious right. The early Christians throughout the Roman Empire feared the government and the laws because of the persecution that lasted for centuries. While the Roman Empire fixated their attention on their worldly lives, Christians focused on what is to come after death. Two examples of the different views of the Romans and early Christians are Marcus Cato by Plutarch and the Gospel According to Matthew. In these separate works, the differences of their attitudes, actions, and beliefs on human
The church scene where Florence is seen praying with her outfit (described intentionally), wearing white clothing and a “scarlet cloth”, seemed symbolic as it’s connected with the page right after it. The symbolism behind the color white may be that of cleansing or righteous as described in various writing, one example being the Bible. The scarlet cloth which may be a scarf, seems to represent blood as the color: scarlet red, brings up the idea of blood. This in mind, I found these two symbols significant as the spilling of blood occurs when Deborah’s father searches for white men to kill. Ironically, the skin color of the white men are neither righteous nor “clean” as they had raped Deborah, leading to the hunt led by Deborah’s father as retaliation. I saw that retaliation through bloodshed was to be seen as a sort of cleansing of sins as Christ both in this book and the Bible is seen brutally killed by execution on the cross. And so seeing that, the murders
Intolerance: unwillingness to accept views, beliefs, or behavior that differ from one’s own. Persecution: hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of race or political or religious beliefs. The Crucible by Arthur Miller shows the intolerance of people back then and relates to the intolerance of people now, and what they do to Christians. Persecution is at an all time high, between being accused of witchcraft to getting shot for your beliefs; or maybe even getting killed for another person’s intolerance.
Nero’s actions and ideas greatly influenced the world in many ways after his death until now. The first Roman Emperor to persecute Christians was Nero. As a result, he set a predecent for the persecution of Christians that occurred on and off for almost three centuries after his death (Blond
Michael Prestwich in his book Medieval People courageously attempts to encapsulate in few pages the early life, as well as the contribution of the Pope Urban II in the reform of the Catholic church and the creation of the first crusades, yet he fails to quote the Pope himself with regard to his speech with the reference to the Christian Holy War against Islam. Such an important missing element demonstrates his prejudice toward Christianity.
The message of Pentecost is the message of the resurrection of Christ. Pentecost can be explained as the birthday of the church, where the apostles are empowered by the Holy Spirit go out and spread the good news of Jesus. Pentecost is a feast that celebrates the holy trinity and the coming of the Holy Spirit and the third person of the trinity.
The first and most noticeable theme is religion; this is a key issue in the Enlightenment. The period was marked with growing anti-clerical sentiments, as the proclamations of religious clergy imposed great restrictions on the life of common people. This anti-clerical sentiment was not necessarily an attack on the existence of God, but an objection to organized religion. Similar to other scholars of his time, Voltaire was a deist; he believed in God on the basis of natural, logical conclusions not supernatural inspiration. Using Christianity as a reference point, he discusses the basis of religious intolerance. His writings show us the hypocritical nature of Christians in Europe, and the negative effects of their refusal to accommodate others.
Though there have been times of persecution for Christians in recent years there has not been such persecution of Christians since the Roman Empire. Under the Roman Empire millions of Christians were martyred. The Church survived but the Roman Government eventually fell. I propose that from the time of Nero to the time of Diocletian the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church. I will first give a brief history of Rome, then a description of the persecutions, then finally a historical and scriptural conclusion.
As time has progressed, cultural developments have led to adaptations to the meaning of the word "martyr." Originally, martyr was a Greek term meaning "witness," and on occasion, these were individuals who died solely for their ideas (Ronsse, 2004, p.283-284). It is important to note however, that death did not automatically make one a martyr, but rather witnessing, testifying or publicly defending and debating over the legitimacy of philosophies were grounds for adopting this label. In the history of Christianity, the period before the rule of Emperor Constantine is considered to be the "Age of Martyrs" due to the countless number of people that were killed for testifying their belief in Christ (Ronsse, 2004, p.284). The stories of Christian