Essay on Religion, the Silent Warlord

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Religion, the Silent Warlord
Throughout time religion has influenced civilizations in a range of aspects. For instance, Catholicism influenced kings and nations in ancient Europe in the similar manner Polytheism influenced the Rome Empire. Religion has the power to cause wars, such as the Catholic Crusades. Yet, the main power is the ability to mask the true intentions of people.
The Polytheistic ideals that Roman Empire abided by bestowed a shroud for the Patricians to hide behind in questionable situations; such as when demanding resources or waging war against foreign countries. Later in history the Catholic Church motivated a set of “Holy Wars” known as the Crusades. Fulcher of Chartres transcribed the events of the First Crusade in
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This gives them the excuse that their actions are that of the Gods but not of pure violent nature and greed. The messenger states after making the demands, “If I demand unjustly and impiously that these men and goods [in question] be given to me, the herald of the Roman people, than suffer me never to enjoy again my native country!” With Roman offering his life to the Gods if the demands are unjust, it gives him a way to prove the Gods agree with the demands if does not die. Giving the Romans this holy sense to what they are doing, once again masking their true nature from them own selves and clearing their mind of guilt.
Although, that was only the first step to their process of declaring war against a foreign land; if after thirty days demands are not fulfilled Rome would declare war against the nation. The messenger would return and proclaim, “Hear, O Jupiter and you too, Juno---Romulus also, and all the celestial, terrestrial, and infernal gods! Give us ear! I call you to witness that this nation _____ is unjust, and has acted contrary to right.” Since the messenger is not dead and is able to give this speech, it reinforces the notion the Gods find his claims just and are fully supported by the Gods themselves. This was a common practice by the Romans, a brilliant way to hide behind their religion from any repercussions of

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