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The historian of antiquity Lucien Jerphagnon and the philosopher Luc Ferry co-authored a collection of interviews, The Temptation of Christianity (Grasset). In what intellectual and social context did a new religion, born in Jerusalem, flourish in the Roman world? And what rupture does it make for the construction of the modern world? We publish the main excerpts of their book, to be published on March 10th.
“Gaius? A good guy. Too bad he’s a Christian! “That’s what Tertullian said. Companies have always hated being “not like everyone else”. Hence so many contemptuous allusions in people as different as Suetonius, Tacitus, Epictetus, Trajan, Pliny the Younger, Marcus Aurelius, Lucien … So many improbabilities that the people lent to Christians: the crucified ass, orgies … So many crimes too, including the fire of Rome in 64. Even Tacitus protests against this slander! And even the climatic disturbances of which they were said to be responsible: the floods of the Tiber, the floods of the Nile, etc. Here the good news for the christain people is Good Friday 2018 is coming on next 30th march 2018. You may visit Good Friday Morning to download the latest Good Friday Images from Google. Visit and Enjoy Good Friday 2018.
Everything came from the fact that in the eyes of the Romans or assimilated, these Christians, people like everyone else, dared not to pray like everyone else. Not that they were reproached with adoring their Christus, though it seemed unusual, and in many ways. A Jew who had incurred crucifixion under Tiberius, the punishment of slaves, was not a priori advisable. And then, what his followers said, that he was born of a virgin, etc. To those who sneered, Tertullian retorted: “Accept this fable for the moment: it is similar to yours!” (…) “Folly for the Gentiles, ethno de môria,” admits the apostle Paul. As for the intellectuals, a Celsus in the second century, a Porphyry in the third, they objected that the very incarnation of the logos contradicted its transcendence. In short, enrage Tertullien:
Yet the real question was not there. The inadmissible was to hear these Christians argue that there was no god but Christus, precipitating the whole Pantheon in nothingness at once. Tertullian, in the Apologeticum, does not bother. Such sacrilege fatally scandalized those who traditionally expected everything from their gods, starting with security. Since always, the gods watched over the city! On a city that will gradually extend to the confines of the world: “Rome, you who made a city of what was once the universe …” say the fifth century Rutilius Namatianus the Gaul.