alternate englands - belated questions
rosgross at bigpond.net.au
Tue Feb 15 19:44:50 EST 2005
> Charlie said...
>> Or, then again, what if Hannibal had defeated Rome - that seems to have
>> a close-run thing too? Perhaps we'd have inherited a Phoenician/Canaanite
>> pantheon instead of the Roman/Greek one - and what interesting
>> patterns that would have made with Christianity, should Christianity ever
>> have come to pass.
> Ooh, yes, there's an interesting speculation. Assuming that Jesus managed
> to get born and go ahead and be and do who and what he was and did, up to
> the point of being arrested... Under a different system, would he have
> arrested? Would he have been arrested earlier? Would he have just been
> ignored by the authorites? And if things did play out as in the Bible,
> would Christianity actually have got started? Or would it have been
> squashed flat, or ignored, or have fizzled out? Would it have remained a
> small cult, maybe? Would "Jesus of Nazareth" now be known only to
> scholars as a minor prophet...or maybe a minor revolutionary? Would even
> the history that we have have survived, or would there be a totally
> different story extant?
> Oh, the so many ways you could take an alternate world just from that one
If Paul hadn't taken the early Christian beliefs (which were then still
largely part of the Jewish world-view) to the larger world, transforming and
spreading them, possibly Christianity would have remained a Jewish cult (and
possibly even disappeared, like so many other Jewish subgroups of the time).
And there wouldn't have been a Holy Roman Empire, a Catholic Church
dominating Europe, the Crusades, the growth of Chrtistian-based
anti-semitism, the Holocaust...in fact, the course of Western civilisation
might have been totally different.
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