I am actually learning this as I search the Internet for clues of the Council of Nicea. The astrological aspect is very ancient. Whether the attendees knew this trend, or not, is secondary to the differentiation of Christianity as FACTUAL. Arianism proposed that the Christ Jesus was not equal to the Father, a minor blip on the World Religion radar. That may have concerned the attendees, but having a discrepancy on the "sacrosanct" nature of religion at the level of an Empire required a vastly sacred institution to forebear the validity of a new religion that would consolidate the resources, monetarily and legally, for that religion to succeed beyond the pale environment of the citizens to just survive. A new religion would be life blood for the Empire. And I truly am convinced of this. It was like candy to children. The Empire relegated the Church as the exemplar of citizens duties and inspiration for "living a good life".
It is my own conjecture, yet, human nature is predictably repetitious. A New Christianity would allow money, inspiration, arbitration between defendants over a dispute (as defined in the old testament) and most importantly, civil obedience to the laws of that Empire. Nothing is more motivating as is obedience to the laws of the State.
Likewise, punishment is due to any "blasphemer" of the State Church. We all know the history of the previous Church environment. It is ugly.
These are the very least contributions to study concerning the History of the Holy Roman Empire. The later, individuated, Cosmic Experiences actually turn away from the State Religion into a personal ecstasy that anyone can follow. These are the Treasures of the House of God, where the State has no jurisdiction nor does it allow at certain junctures of history. Science and Faith religion did not please the Church in those days.
Today, we can petition the Pope to change it's "position" on just about any disconnect from social equality.
I must rest for tomorrows work day.
The virtue of a highly evolved being embraces all people and things and dispels the darkness which isolates them.
Hua Hu Ching-primary lesson.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 07-May-19 23:54 by Itatw70s.