Late Antique Holy Christian Models

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The focus in pagan religion existed primarily in the present life and not on death. Most of the religions when Christ was born were polytheistic; the religion of Jesus’ parents was Judaism. Jews are monotheistic with their beliefs, much like Christians which implemented the worship of one solitary god. In early Christian times we see many holy people such as the ascetics including Anthony and “men, whose lives figure in “The Lives of Desert Fathers”(Final examination sheet), fitting into the context of early Christian religion. These Christians had a complex variety of religious beliefs and customs which great shifts today in perspective and religious attitudes of these holy people have arisen since the time of late antiquity. The understanding of nature and its environment took on a much different and less logical or scientific perspective. Our modern view is much different then the understandings of early Christians. Their faith is sometimes perceived as ignorant or with a lack of attention to obvious elements. Western European Christianity has followed various paths and influences until developing into the form and structure of the mannerisms of today. Much of the early scriptures of late antiquity feature unrealistic impressions, beliefs or evaluations that portrayed accuracy at the time of application. Initial Christian communities were unique and complex. Commonly practiced (often unique to separate communities) rituals helped maintained these structures and sustained these separate entities of similar faith. Early Christian communities had rituals including the Eucharist, which described consuming the body of Christ (bread) and drinking the blood of Christ (wine) as a ritual and a method of incorporating one into the Christian community. Baptism and penance were all routinely practiced that maintained the structures of these communities. Often within
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