Paganism and Christianity
Christianity was the only religion in the Roman Empire that offered universal salvation. Porphyry came to the same conclusion, but opted for the creation of his tripartite soteriology to compete with Christian universalism. Yet none of the pagan cults was equipped to offer one way of salvation to everybody during times when people were looking for a sense of safety and well-being. With its central message of salvation through Jesus Christ for all people, Christianity could offer such a benefit, and its program of benevolence during the period of crisis undoubtedly reinforced its attractiveness. Constantinian universalism, which attempted to use Christianity as the primary unifying agent of the Roman Empire, cashed in on the stocks that had been bought by preceding pagan emperors, the major difference now being that there was One God, One Emperor, and One (unified) Empire.
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