...and embraced Christianity. The rise and fall of Christianity in the west is well documented. Its recent failures have left scars across ireland and further afield. Its triumphant rise in the Autumn years of the Western Roman Empire are well understood. Even the fall of Rome is blamed on Christianity in some circles.
So, a question. We all understand the triumphs of the new religion around the time of Constantine the Great and thereafter. But, what was deficient in the previous theologies to make them all crumble so readily ? 'Sol invictus' was a monotheistic religion, intolerant of others. It has been argued that the old theologies were very harsh on women, making them less loyal and mindful of any alternatives. It has also been argued that the old religions were not very democratic nor accommodating to poor people (lots of them around the place then as now ). It has been argued that the old religions were deficient in the promise of an afterlife ?
So, why did the Romans turn their back on the old Gods ?
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