Eastern Philosophy Conquers Rome

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Indeed, there was nothing inferior about these eastern religions and philosophical beliefs nor the people who brought them to the west. They were the very teachings that Constantine and his followers adopted. True, they changed their names and the doctrines which they advocated into names that were derived from the New Testament. In effect, the later emperors retained pagan idolatrous worship which had come from ancient Babylon and began to call it the religion of Christianity. Constantine struck coins in honor of Helios the Sun-god long after he claimed to be a Christian. These idolatrous teachings and practices, however, were as different as daylight and dark from those taught by Jesus and his apostles. Of this there can be no doubt.

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The Nei Ching states that “The entire universe is an oscillation of the forces Yin and Yang.” While many people who have given much time to the study of Eastern philosophies totally accept this statement as fact, very few have subjectively experienced or understood the elements by which it can be proven valid.

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It is clear that Stoicism is Babylonian philosophy. Its teachings and doctrines were accepted with open arms in Italy. The new Romans brought their religions with them, and they were religions which suited their temperaments. They also brought their philosophical beliefs with them. Stoicism made no head way among the secular minded Greeks, and the ancient Roman would have laughed it to scorn, but the new peoples coming from the east (where Stoicism was created) found this philosophy an ideal one for perpetuating a type of universal (Catholic) world religion and society.

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Chapter 17: Eastern Philosophy Conquers Rome

Stoicism is one of the most interesting philosophies that ever came out of the east. It has been compared as the most "Christian" of all philosophies. Many books have been written endeavoring to show the remarkable parallels between Stoicism and Christianity (especially Roman Catholicism). There is some definite agreement between Catholicism and this philosophy. The philosophy taught the universal brotherhood of man, the doing away with national barriers, the encouragement of intermarriage and having one law over all. They called the ideal state as one governed by a central city, the city of God. When the Roman Empire came along, the Stoic philosophers saw in the Empire the ideal physical state if it were only administered humanely and for the public benefit. Because of this, and other reasons, the Stoic philosophy was taught in profusion over the Empire, and nowhere was it accepted more, and with a type of religious crusading spirit, than in Italy.

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Stoicism, thus, was the philosophy of easterners who became the later Romans. The wide spread acceptance of this normally alien philosophy is a strong indication that the Romans who grasped onto it were also the people who invented it. As the Syro-Phoenicians and Samaritans progressively migrated westward into Rome and Italy, they simply carried their religious and philosophical beliefs with them. And because those beliefs proved to be far superior to what the people in the west had formerly believed about the old Republican gods and goddesses of Rome, they promoted these eastern deities to the highest pantheon within the Roman Empire of the third and fourth centuries. These were the pagan religions that Constantine and his successors were imbued with at the time they began to see in Christianity the vehicle with which to preserve and to transform Rome into a new and dynamic state. And they were successful.