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“The overthrow of pagan imperialism, which was also foreseen in the Old Testament—the victory of YHWH over the nations—would be achieved not by violence but by the word of God, the testimony of the saints, the faithful witness of the martyrs.” [last paragraph of main post — 3 April, 2017 — 17:15 ]

“Can you spell out when you see this happening?” [Chris Jones’ question — 12 April, 2017 - 12:48]

“Between the Edict of Milan in 313 and the Edict of Thessalonica in 380—the period during which the nations of the empire formally stopped worshipping the old gods and turned to serve instead the one true living God.” [Andrw Perriman’s answer — 12 April, 2017 - 18:01]

I hope that AP is not suggesting that between those two edicts we find the fullest expression of “the word of God, the testimony of the saints, the faithful witness of the martyrs”.

It was a period of prolonged squabbling between the Arians and the Nicene. Then, between the semi-Arians and the neo-Nicene. Then the Cappadocian scoundrels came and, instead of the “one true living God”, Christians found themselves landed with a “triune god”.

That certainly made the Jews even more stubborn in their refusals of Jesus Christ, and maybe (maybe) prepared the rejection of Christianity by the founder of Islam and his Arab tribes …

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