God for Empire

In 336, a learned bishop spoke before the first Christian emperor about Christ and Rome …

two mighty powers, starting from the same point, the Roman empire, which henceforth was swayed by a single sovereign, and the Christian religion

Hand in hand …

at the same time One God, and the knowledge of that God, were proclaimed to all: one universal empire prevailed; and the whole human race, subdued by the controlling power of peace and concord

With the best yet to come …

its (Rome’s) object being to unite all nations in one harmonious whole; an object in great measure already secured, and destined to be still more perfectly attained, even to the final conquest of the ends of the habitable world, by means of the salutary doctrine, and through the aid of that Divine power which facilitates and smooths its way.

Didn’t Jupiter once promise …?

On them (Romans) I set no limits, space or time:
I have granted them power, empire without end.

But that demon was unneeded. Focus higher, on God …

the Parent of justice, the Father of reason and wisdom, the Fountain of light and life, the Dispenser of truth and virtue: in a word, the Author of empire itself, and of all dominion and power.

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