The Fleming Foundation Cultural Commentary
When the topic of consequential presidential elections in American history is discussed, the elections most commonly mentioned include those of 1860, 1912, and 1932. But there is one election which is often forgotten and yet has had an enormous impact on the United States: the election of 1960. The election pitted Republican Vice President Richard Nixon against Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy.
Most histories of the early Church emphasize its antagonistic relationship with the Roman Empire. There is some truth in this approach, though the truth, when overstated, tends to overshadow another dimension of the troubled relationship.
“You are a sports hero. Why not spruce the place up with publicity stills of you in the old days, signed pictures from great fighters? You could install satellite TV with boxing matches, rassling, hockey, even football. Everyone else has gambling machines. You could make a thousand or two a month.”
“Sure, I’d increase business and make some money. Would you wanna come?”
According to a later Christian tradition, when Tiberius heard of this strange Jewish renegade who alone did not want to kick the Romans out of Judaea, he proposed to the senate that Christ be included in the pantheon of Roman gods. The Senate, so the story goes, objected, declaring the new religion to be illicit, though Judaism was protected by law.
The Road from Damascus, pt. III: Islamic Attacks, Christological Crisis, and the Breakdown of Symphonia
When the armies of the Prophet stormed forth from historic obscurity in Arabia and burst upon the enfeebled imperial boundaries, they knew nothing of the ecclesiastical rivalry between the thrones of Elder and New Rome.