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The Emperor Constantine is supposed to have become a Christian in 312 AD and adopted Christianity as the state religion. In 326 he had his wife, Fausta, executed ... allegedly by being thrown into boiling water ... for having sex with Crispus, his son by his previous wife. I often wonder whether this had any influence on the increasingly violent nature of Christianity (which began a few decades later).

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That is some tough love.

That is some tough love.

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Christianity was at war with

Christianity was at war with itself for the first 300 years of its existence. There was a wider variety of Christian faiths then than there are now. The Pauline Christian's fight for supremacy set the tone and when they finally got a confirmation of power, the blood began to flow.

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To be honest, I feel like

In 326 he had his wife, Fausta, executed ... allegedly by being thrown into boiling water ... for having sex with Crispus, his son by his previous wife.

To be honest, I feel like doing that to my partner when she talks during Die Hard.

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Crispus was the son of

Crispus was the son of Constantine's first wife, Minerva. He was raised to succeed Constantine. But Constantine tired of Minerva and took a new wife, Fausta. But Fausta claimed that Crispus had attacked and raped her. So Constantine had Crispus killed. Then shortly later he discovered it was a lie by Fausta because she wanted her children to succeed as the rulers of Rome. So she died. Within a few months his plans for a a royal dynasty were shattered, and he never remarried.

Being a canny ruler, Constantine allowed christianity to be legitimized in Rome. But he did not hinder the traditional Roman pagan religions either. This was typical Roman practice, to integrate something new rather than stamp it out. That is how the Roman Empire grew and survived.

Only on his death bed did he get baptized, which in those days was to wash away all sins. And he had many, the history of any successful Roman Emperor is a sea of blood. His story was even more tinged with guilt because of the manner he killed Crispus and Fausta.

Constantine died 337 AD. Christianity was made the official religion of Rome in 380 AD, by Emperor Theodosius.

Constantine embraced and allowed multiple religions because it was politically convenient, christianity drew support from the lower class. Constantine did promote christianity but never committed to this religion until his last day. He died a few hours after he was baptized.

IMO Constantine allowed christianity to flourish because unlike the traditional Roman pagan practices which promoted and favored the strong and brutal, christianity embraced "the meek shall rule the earth", which appealed to the great majority of people living in Rome, the lower class. His actions were political, it gained more support from the masses. Constantine was one of the most successful Roman Emperors, and that involved a lot of killing and wars. But only on his death bed did he decide to wash away his many sins by baptism. He was not the one that made christianity the official religion of Rome, that did not happen until 43 years later by Theodosis.

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From what I recall there are

From what I recall there are many arguments against Constantine's conversion. 1. He was a bishop of the Mithras faith and never gave it up. 2. Coins throughout his rein maintained images of Pagan Gods. 3. His conversion and Baptism were conducted on his death bed and A. may be more of a Christian myth than fact and B. He may not have been coherent enough to protest. 3. It really did not make a lot of difference if he was Christian or not. Less than 10% of the Roman population was Christian. 4. Throughout his rein, he continued building pagan temples - not something a believing Christian would do.

Constantine's wife and child were alleged to be Christians. The evidence seems strong for this. But all the same, it may have been a political maneuver to pull Rome together. Evidenced by the Council of Nicea in 325 was the fact that Christian sects of the time were various and even at each other's throats over who was the original and official version of the faith. This brings into question, "Which Christian Faith did Constantine convert to? There were hundreds.

Just some thoughts..... It has been a while since I looked at this stuff.

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