- 09 Feb 18
The monotheism of the world's dominant religion was imposed on people in the most brutal and barbaric way. Any other story is lie...
The destruction of Palmyra in AD 385 – it was to be destroyed again, this time by Muslims, in January last year – came just as Roman rulers were consolidating Christianity as the official ideology of the Empire. Earlier, Christians had been suspected on account of their strange ways. They lived ascetic lives so as to smooth their path to paradise, and thought it a sacred duty to coax others, too, onto the right road, by any means necessary.
Ripping an infidel’s innards out was fine and dandy when done in the name of Jesus.
Christians had never been targeted for persecution by Rome. The Empire was built on conquest and slavery. Religion didn’t have a lot to do with it. The Romans, like the Greeks before them, were polytheists. You could worship Zeus. Or, if you fancied, Aphrodite. Or both. Or pick from a rich range of others on offer. Sailors tended to go for Neptune, farmers for Ceres, etc. Or you could denounce the whole notion of gods as nonsensical.