I am to Revise this Argumentative Persuasion
I am totally struggling with English and all these essay’s. I am to Revise this Argumentative Persuasion
Researched Essay. Can anyone give me an tips, lead me in the right direction as what to do or what I should do. How can I add more
1. What did I revise in the final version of my research paper?
2. What did I learn in ENG 1250?
3. What grade would I give myself for following through on all of the readings and peer reviews?
My professor wants the paper to be 5 to 7 pages and I have no clue what else to write for this revised paper
Crystal L. Chrisp
Professor Dawn Wooten
29 April 2017
Tragic Consequence of Conflicting Values between Polytheism and Monotheism
Since the beginning of the Christianity until the age of Constantine of the Roman
Empire, a transparent tension existed between the Christians and the Romans. Based on the
assigned texts and course readings, it’s quite easy to say that the Romans and Christians had
different and obviously conflicting views and values, according to their explanation
(Christians, 1900). the major one being polytheism, believing in many gods, versus monotheism,
believing that there’s only one god; in this case, it’s the Christian God, or Yahweh. From there,
it branches down further to the worship procedures and goals in which each differed, and how,
later, it all began to threaten, as the Romans thought, them of their authority, resuing in a tragic
Christianity’s unique and absolute monotheistic beliefs during the time of predominant
Polytheism in the Roman Empire were strangely new and incredible for the Romans who
Worshiped many gods and goddesses even adopting the deities of other people for their own
Purposes. They had a god or a goddess for various parts of their lives, mostly for the issues they
Emphasized and valued, with Jupiter the principal god, Mars the god of war, Ceres the goddess
of grains, Vesta the goddess of the hearth, including tutelary deities and those of women and
marriage, wisdom, etc. Christians, on the other hand, believed in absolute monotheism as Jesus
mentioned in Matthew ch.4 …for it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only
him. ’He also, in Matthew Ch6, preached to the people saying, No one can serve two masters.
King James (1611) In his teachings, he basically proclaimed that Christian God is the only god
whom through people would earn salvation into heaven, and that people should revere, praise
and worship only Him. Many Romans thought of this Christian monotheism as abstract since
they believed that no single god can have the omnipotence to rule over everyone and everything.
In addition, Christians disdain towards polytheism seemed extraordinary and offensive as it was
prominent to respect many different gods of each person or family. This is seen to be the core
conflicting differences in beliefs between the Romans and the Christians.
With different basis of two religious beliefs, they obviously had different goals and
worship procedures as well as ethics and teachings. The gods of Romans were believed to
intervene directly in human affairs primarily. However, the Christians focused on more
salvations in heaven and disregarded weah, power and social hierarchy on earth as Jesus once
spoke in Matthews Ch.5 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven (Romans,
1920). This is clearly the reason Christianity was more appealing to the social outcasts, like
women, poor and people of low social level, as they were told that everything. treasure, on
earth would decay, rust and get stolen, as Jesus preached. The Romans, however, ridiculed the
Christianity by addressing that it had gathered the abandoned, hopeless, ignorant, and credulous
women, who are easily deluded. But what is interesting and ironic is that the Roman Empire
itself eventually converted into Christianity as more of the weather classes and Constantine had
begun to fall upon it as their religion. Because Christianity’s belief is that treasures on earth
are meaningless and, due to Jesus’s command the disciples to spread the good news, or gospel,
many early Christians lived lives of martyrdom, undergoing sufferings and persecution and
remaining faithful to their God and witness of Jesus’s miraculous acts. Another conflicting issue
was the privacy and publicity of worship by the two religious. Romans worshiped in pompous
ceremonies and publicly; however, Jesus had taught the people to beware of practicing piety,
meaning not to let others know of your doings as doing so might make others, not God,
acknowledge you, as in Matthew Ch.6 again he also mentioned your alms may be done in
secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Nevertheless, Jesus’s words and teachings somehow threatened the Roman Empire of
their authority. It seemed with monotheistic Jews’ refusal to pay homage to the emperors since
its purpose was to show reverence and honor the mortal emperors as divinity. The tension
between the Jews and the Roman authorities grew much more intense that Jews in Palestine
rebelled several times against their Roman overlooks, an event which eventually failed with
Roman forces’ defeat. The Roman authorities took one of Jesus’s preach on Kingdom of God
Being at hand as a threat rule in Palestine, where devoted crowds routinely accompanied Jesus.
Having seen Jesus as a potentially critical role for the possible rebellion, they uimately
Crucified him on Friday, (April 3, A.D).
The two conflicting and different values were transparent that it was obvious which
Was Christians and Roman, and each side somewhat despised each other, as Christians disdained
the polytheism (Anthony J. Blasi, 2002) itself as a sin and some of the Romans religious
ceremonies and practices, and Romans ridiculed the certain groups of people that saw
Christianity more appealing at first. Overall, the core of the whole conflicting issues between the
Christians and Romans go back to Monotheism versus polytheism, and, moreover, due to
difference between Christian values and Roman values with a little bit of misunderstanding or
misinterpretation, there came a historical Crucifixion of a man as a scapegoat of a political
anxiety of the Roman authorities.
Bentley, Jerry H., and Herbert F. Ziegler. Traditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on
the past. Vol. 1. 4th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008. 225-229. Print.
Mark CH. 13-16 Chang 43-52
Matthew CH. 4-7 Chang 35-41
MMW 12: Classical and Medieval Tradition. Comp. Edmond Chang. La Jolla, CA: University
Readers. University of California San Diego. Winter 2013. Print.
Lewis, N and M. Reinhold. Propaganda Against Christianity. Selections from Roman
Civilizations, Vol. 2, eds. 553-556, 588-589. Chang 59-62
Crystal L. Chrisp
Professor Dawn Wooten
29 April 2017
Tragic Consequence of Conflicting Religious Beliefs
Especially during the age of Constantine of the Roman Empire, an…