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How is Greco-Roman religion similar/influence to Early Christianity?

How did Greco-Roman religion influence Early Christianity such as practices, beliefs, morals, etc.?

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all of the modern christian holidays (including birth and death of jesus) have been placed on the holidays of the pagans. the reason for this is because it is easier to convert people when you do not take away all of their beliefs

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good answer.
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Actually it has more to do with a continuation of principles.
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Well they helped form today's religions of Roman Catholicism and Greek Orthodoxy. Many don't know this but when the Roman's converted to Christianity it helped to spread the religion across most of the Old World. Many negative stereotypes of Christianity started thanks to Roman whitewash and paraphrasing of the Bible, such as the blaming of Jews over Christ's death and the sexism that people associate with religion. Roman and Greek influence on Christianity had negative and positive affects on the religion. On a positive note, Romans Catholics helped spread the faith to most of Europe including Iberia, France (Gaul), Germany, exc. Greek Orthodox missionaries spread the faith farther east such as Russia, the Middle East and parts of Egypt, who came to be known as Coptic Christians. The Axumite Empire in East Africa converted to Christianity thanks to orthodox missionaries.
On a negative note, the differing ideas caused a split in the faith creating separate churches, Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox. They became hostile towards the pagan faiths that used to hold their empire together and even went as far as to absorb pagan traditions into Christianity. Hope this answer helped!

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This is more complicated than you may realize. Christianity is most likely a completely Roman invention. It was a long while before the bible was put together and for most of that time the old testament didn't figure in Christianity. It is likely most Christians believed that Jesus came to save them from the Jewish god.

Here is a video about the historicity of Jesus ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwUZOZN-9dc

This lecture covers many of the trends in Roman cults and quite a bit about early Christianity. Christianity changed quite a bit in the first couple hundred years, and this was pretty much all the doing of the Romans.

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Thanks Vicky, I just watched the entire series. It was time well spent, and added to my Youtube favorites.
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