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.
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.")
To: Mrs. Don-o
The Netherlands and to an extent Switzerland were the positive foreign influences upon Constitutional disestablishment of a State Church, as well as colonial Rhode Island. There was some admiration expressed for Cicero, so Roman influence was not altogether absent. There was also the short-lived tolerance of the Palatinate of Maryland. I've seen no influence attributed or reference to Constantine among the Founders, however. He was an emperor, ruling an empire. Not a republican by any means.
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