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To: RegulatorCountry
>>>Rome’s got a 1500 year lead on them in that department.

I was just about to post something along the same lines. Constantine and Theodosius already saw to it in the 4th Century. They fundementally changed the nature of the Church in order to attract pagans and keep peace in the empire...

So not much difference.

17 posted on 06/21/2013 4:45:17 AM PDT by NELSON111
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To: NELSON111; RegulatorCountry
Actually, Constantine was of the Arian, not the Catholic persuasion. He himself didn't try to impose Arianism, though. The Council of Nicaea (which he convened) taught decisively against the Arian heresy--- against Constantine's wishes, though he apparently respected their liberty to do so.

Constantine did de-criminalize Christianity, though, through his Edict of Toleration, which is one of the forerunners of the First Amendment and the freedoms of religious non-establishment and free exercise in the USA.

I respect that.

25 posted on 06/21/2013 6:24:00 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("If they refuse to listen even to the Church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.")
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