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The Vatican’s Role in the Pagan Roots of Christianity and the Schism that Followed OR “Get Those Idols off my Altar!”

The Vatican’s Role in the Pagan Roots of Christianity and the Schism that Followed OR “Get Those Idols off my Altar!”

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Steven Anteau HIS 151 – Mr. Dietrich The Vatican’s Role in the Pagan Roots of Christianity and the Schism that FollowedOR “Get Those Idols off my Altar!” 07/23/2008
Steven AnteauMr. DietrichHIS 15123 July, 2008At the onset of the middle ages, or dark ages, the continent of Europe was divided. Wherethe once stood an amazing nation where it’s citizens were expected to know two national tongues(Greek and Latin) along with their own native languages, there was now a great divide. Nolonger did the East and Western Europe share the same tongues, instead communication wasweak at best and the two sides went their separate ways, the West being conquered by a myriadof barbarous invaders and the East keeping some semblance of its former self during this hectictime period in Byzantine.Christianity’s rise during this period would be felt on both sides of the continent, and aswe shall see both would claim righteousness over the other, matters of dialectic and assumedauthority halted any reforming year after year, leading eventually to a situation of three popesand a population caught in the middle, we shall examine some of the causes of these rifts,theological, dialectical, political, and everything in between, all of which however only sours theidea that any one man (or church) can ever rule a whole population truly under the direction of God. We will begin at the beginning, with Constantine the Great.Constantine was the first Roman Emperor to embrace Christianity, and was baptized bythe Pope at the time, Sylvester I. The first order of business was to set straight the churches of Alexandria and Antioch, that they were subordinate to the Holy See of Rome. There wereimmediately liturgical disputes, for the Eastern churches at the time were accused of such thingsas the “use of leavened or unleavened bread at the Eucharist,” (Greenslade, p. 102) which was
considered a “Re-Judaizing” of Christianity, and of course the Eastern rejection of the
could only be seen as a spit in the face at an order of the Pope.The
is a Latin phrase that means literally “and (from) the son.” It was insertedinto the Nicene Creed by the Catholics when referring to the Trinity, and follows “who proceedsfrom the father,” so it reads “who proceeds from the father and the son.” This greatly changedthe theology that Christian fathers had been working so hard to hammer out for the illiterate or uninformed church member. Pope Leo III even had the creed, with the
, engraved on twosilver tablets, one in Greek and the other in Latin, and placed them at the tomb of Saint Peter.The Eastern Orthodox church, rejected this stance, condemning any “tampering” with the NiceneCreed. (Farrell, p. 88)During this time period the Middle East was being swept by Islam, which eventually ledto the Crusades, of which too much has already been written. With the
in mind we see a pattern of assumed Papal superiority over all other church bodies, including those outside of Christianity. Since the eighth century the Pope has used the title
Vicarius Christi
, literally the“Vicar of Christ” or “In the Person of Christ,” in other words the Pope declared himself to be anEarthly representative of Christ, though some later Popes had removed that title fromthemselves, it is still a title and a concept used to this day, cap stoned with the First VaticanCouncil of 1870 where the Pope was recognized as “infallible.” (Farrel, p. 149) All of this isespecially perplexing when one gets into the Pagan roots of Christianity and the CatholicChurch’s role in securing these doctrines, the most obvious example of this are the largestrecognized Christian holidays, Easter and Christmas.

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