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early christianity memo

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Andrew Platt Memo on early Christianity 1. “Augury” is defined as the reading of omens. Do a bit research and tell exactly what types of omens the Romans used. Give at least three examples of omens in modern society. The Romans interpreted the flights of birds, and employed animal sacrifice to obtain the entrails necessary for divination. Today astrology, taromancy, and spirit boards are used. 2. What was the Roman view on the afterlife? How does that compare with the Jewish view? Christian view? The Roman religion had an afterlife where there was no promise of retribution, or the reward of an eternal life. This is far different from Christianity where there was a promise of eternal life in the afterlife and judgment day for retribution. Jewish view on the afterlife was that the righteous would be lead to redemption, the human soul was eternal, and the wicked would suffer everlasting punishment. 3. Why do you think the Romans were so open to other religions? There is no right or wrong answer, provided you support your opinion with facts. I believe the Romans were open to other religions because they conquered so many people who practiced religions other than their own that it made since to give these people some sort of connection with their past in order to help ensure peace. 4. Why is a “mystery cult” called by that term? Mystery Cults were called this because their initiation rituals were secret (in Greek, mysterios).
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