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Unformatted text preview: Christianity so Constantine tried to unify the religion and brought a council of elders to discuss the unification to satisfy God. The bishops established the Nicene Creed. After this declaration of “true Christianity,” legal force was used to force people into conforming to this one belief of what Christianity was supposed to be. Constantine stated there would be fines for those that did not cooperate. From that point, legal means were used to enforce this one religion. Augustine was a bishop of the Catholic Church and believed the minority sects should be required to join the majority. Augustine writes a letter to a Donatist priest and tells the priest that he would not be subjected to persecution by authorities if he would join the majority, which is the Catholic Church. These examples show that once Christianity became the dominant religion it was tightly looped in politics just like it had been when the Romans believed in Roman gods....
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This note was uploaded on 06/21/2011 for the course RST 10 taught by Professor Coudert during the Spring '08 term at UC Davis.
- Spring '08