Constantine declared his own will equivalent to a canon of the Church. According to Justinian, the Roman people had formally transferred to the emperors the entire plenitude of its authority, and, therefore, the emperor’s pleasure, expressed by edict or by letter, had force of law. Even in the fervent age of its conversion the empire employed its refined civilization, the accumulated wisdom of ancient sages, the reasonableness and subtlety of Roman law, and the entire inheritance of the Jewish, the pagan, and the Christian world, to make the Church serve as a gilded crutch of absolutism.
Pagan philosophers set up reason as the sole guide of life, of wisdom and conduct; but Christian philosophy demands of us that we surrender our reason to the Holy Spirit; and this means that we no longer live for ourselves, but that Christ lives and reigns within us (Rom 12:1; Eph 4:23; Gal 2:20).john calvin
Even of death Christianity has made a terror which was unknown to the gay calmness of the Pagan and the stoical repose of the Indian.ouida
Great God! I'd rather beA Pagan, suckled in a creed outworn;So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea,Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.william wordsworth
Great God! I'd rather be A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn; So might I, standing on this pleasant lea, Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn; Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea; Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.william wordsworth
Great God! I'd rather be A Pagan, suckled in a creed outworn; So might I, standing on this pleasant lea, Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn; Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea, Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.william wordsworth
I have always considered myself, when I learned what the word meant, I've always considered myself a Pagan.
Many variants on this exist, notably “Great lovers are made, not born.” and “(Great) leaders are made, not born.” A variant on “One is not born wise, but becomes wise” from Seneca On Anger 2.10.6; see: Christian and Pagan in the Roman Empire: the witness of Tertullian, by Tertullian, Robert Dick Sider, p. 38, footnote 79.
He had fought like a Pagan who defends his religion.Stephen Crane
The solitary monk who shook the worldFrom Pagan slumber, when the gospel trumpThundered its challenge from his dauntless lipsIn peals of truth.robert montgomery
Scratch the Christian and you find the Pagan — spoiled.Israel Zangwill
He wasn’t completely wrong, poor old Gemistus (let Lord Andronicus and the patriarch suspect him if they like), in wanting us, telling us to become Pagan once again.constantine p. cavafy
I love the flesh. I'm a Pagan. “Who are they who speak evil of the clay? The very stars are made of clay like mine!”jack london
Hollywood movies of the Fifties, like The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur , with their epic clash of Pagan and Judeo-Christian cultures, tell more about art and society than the French-infatuated ideologues who have made a travesty of the “best” American higher criticism.camille paglia
My prescription for women entering the war zone of the professions: study football. . . . Women who want to remake the future should look for guidance not to substitute parent figures but to the brash assertions of Pagan sport.camille paglia
The gargantuan promiscuity of the Seventies gay male world was a Pagan phenomenon, unequaled in scale since the Roman empire.camille paglia
The Hellenistic world was international to a degree, polyglot and inspired by many religious faiths. ...the Greek ideals were Pagan and the Hellenistic age witnessed their death struggle against Asiatic and Egyptian mysteries , on the one side, and against Judaism , on the other.george sarton
As Christianity in its beginnings was surrounded by the polytheistic beliefs and practices of the Pagan world, a clear and authoritative expression of Monotheism was necessary. Hence the symbols of faith, or creeds, open with the words: "I [we] believe in God"...(APOSTLES' CREED; ATHANASIAN CREED:;; NICENE CREED.)
Their clothes are after such a Pagan cut too, That, sure, they've worn out Christendom.william shakespeare
Catullus was the leading representative of a revolution in poetry created by the neoteroi or "new men" in Rome. Rather than writing about battles, heroes, and the Pagan gods, Catullus draws his subjects from everyday, intensely personal life.
The great men of antiquity Cato , Brutus , Cassius , Antony , and Otho forgot that they had obligations to their race as well as to themselves, when, in the selfish spirit of a Pagan philosophy, they considered themselves entitled to put an end to their existence, and remove themselves from the world.
The Prophet passed by me at a place called Al-Abwa or Waddan, and was asked whether it was permissible to attack the Pagan warriors at night with the probability of exposing their women and children to danger. The Prophet replied, "They (i.e. women and children) are from them (i.e. pagans)." I also heard the Prophet saying, "The institution of Hima is invalid except for Allah and His Apostle."
Constantine may have been a lifelong Pagan but he was also a pragmatist and in 325 Anno Domini he decided to unify Rome under a single religion, Christianity .… And to strengthen this new Christian tradition, Constantine held a famous ecumenical gathering known as the Council of Nicaea, and at this council the many sects of Christianity debated and voted on well, everything from the acceptance and rejection of specific gospels to the date for Easter to the ministry of sacrament, and of course, the immortality of Jesus.
Are there no Moravians in the Moon, that not a missionary has yet visited this poor Pagan planet of ours, to civilise civilisation and christianise Christendom?
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