The God Page
From the archaic period through the end of her Western empire, Rome was a continuum of three great modalities uniting all faiths. This personal essay looks impartially at the three modalities, and offers a final, surprising modality for modern times. Takes no sectarian sides--readers of all persuasions are welcome. Only the intolerant will be offended. Seekers will have a feast. More
From his study of ancient Rome, and in creating the first virtual tour guide of the imperial capital in 150 under the Emperor Antoninus (A Walk in Ancient Rome, Revised 2nd Edition), author John T. Cullen has learned much about the religions of Rome. From the archaic period through the end of her empire in the West, Rome has served as a continuum of the three great modalities that unite all religions. This informal essay results from the author's personal views. It offers an impartial look at the three great modalities, without taking any sectarian sides. Readers of all persuasions are welcome. Only the intolerant will be offended.
Combining that understanding with his studies of human history and prehistory for these articles, the author is able to explain a synthesis of the world's religious history, and offer relevant inspirations for our new global age. Jesus commanded: "Have faith like small children." It really is that simple, when looked at in the light of the three great modalities. For millennia, the individual has served in the social scheme of society without personal choice in faith.
This article takes a detailed look at what's been right and wrong, what's been ugly and beautiful, and comes up with a Fourth Modality that does not require us to give up our cherished background, nor our personal choice of beliefs. If anything, it only requires our faith, and ourselves, to live up to their best promises. In return, we may find freedom from fear, and a peace that surpasses understanding.