Background to Christianity

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Background to Christianity 1. Greco Roman Ancient pagan religious rituals marked seasonal change and celebrated seedtime and harvest Augury - Interpretation of omens - Borrowed from Etruscans - Predicted future events - Vesta ( deity ) o Guarded hearth fire - Mars o War and guarded soldiers - Roman religion promised no afterlife, retribution, or eternal life Stoicism - Ethical views of life - Emphasis on equality among humans was alternative to social gaps in population Neo-Platonism - School of philosophy developed in Alexandria - Inspiration from Plato and his followers - Union between individual and ultimate being - Plotinus o 3 rd century o Egyptian o Union with the one only achieved by the soul’s ascent through a series f levels or degrees of spiritual purification
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Descent of Rome - Roman emperor now theocratic monarchs and assumed title of dominus ( lord ) or deus ( God ) - Emperors seen as semidivine 2. Near Eastern or West Asia Cults of Isis in Egypt, Cybele in Phygia, Dionysus in Greece, and Mithra in
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2011 for the course HUM 2230 taught by Professor Jordan during the Spring '08 term at University of Central Florida.

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