were distinctively Christian-scholars have no difficulty identifying them as such today (Bagnall 1993 and surely non-Christians in antiquity were sufficiently perceptive to have done so too. Bagnall reported a rapid decline in "inscriptions dedicating sacred architecture." He continued: It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that imperial support for the construction, renovation, and decoration of buildings in Egyptian temples declined markedly after Augustus, shrank gradually through the reign of Antoninus, fell. The first is the degree of state regulation of religion. This would also be attractive to outsiders, who would want to convert. 3 "For years, biblical scholars and church historians have used sociological jargon to promote ideological views. Greeley, University of Chicago). Christian populations grew faster because of the prohibition of birth control, abortion and infanticide. (Source but many others were imprisoned or lost their property. Stark's provocative report challenges conventional wisdom and finds that Christianity's astounding dominance of the Western world arose from its offer of a better, more secure way of life.
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No one can doubt the evidence of the dismantling of paganism in the fourth and fifth centuries, as countless temples were torn down or converted to other uses. Organization, thomas Robbins pointed out that one was "converted to the intolerant faiths of Judaism and Christianity while one merely adhered to the cults of Isis, Orpheus, or Mithra." MacMullen made much the same point: "At the very towering peak of their appalling rage and. Moreover, the church depended on the rank and file for its resources. MacMullen commented that "we may take the existence of similar graffiti for granted elsewhere, if there were other sites so well preserved." I may be leaping to unjustified conclusions, but these data speak to me of widespread irreverence. 4 See also edit References edit. Consider, then, the archaeological discovery that the walls of Pompeii abound in extremely blasphemous graffiti and drawings, some of them very obscene as well. This brilliant and highly provocative book will revolutionize the way people think about both biblical studies and church history. But not everywhere, and not at a constant rate. The Rise of Christianity (subtitled either, a Sociologist Reconsiders History or, how the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries, depending on the edition is a book by the sociologist. Constantine I on the other hand was comparatively tolerant of non-Christians, though he did work tirelessly to spread and promote his new faith across the empire.