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You say that monotheism is a natural evolution of polytheism? Yeah, I can agree with that. I wasn't trying to glorify paganism or say that we should revert to such a world view. As you said in that thread, rationalism is the dominant 'world view' in the 21st century.

Religion is no longer used to explain the natural phenomena but it still influences people's lifestyles and opinions. How many times have we seen people arguing over whose god / sect / interpretation is "the only true one?" Because of this monopoly on faith I prefer the way of the romans. Their cults were rather practical. For example: when going to war against a certain tribe they would actually pray to the god of the enemy to try to bribe that deity to their side. They never held their faith as exclusive.

Shouldn't we respect that?

Must admit never heard of that. Thought they did worship their own Gods during military conquests.

On example month March, 3rd month of the years is named by the God of war Mars due to the reason March was the first "walkable" and "de-iced" month of the year when Romans could start their military campaign so for good luck they dedicated it to Mars.

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It was battle between legitimate Emperor Theodosius, who was Christian, and usurper Eugenius, who was also Christian. Eugenius was puppet in hands of magister militum Arbogast (Frankish who was Pagan, tough). Theodosius' army were heavy Gothic cavalry (Christisnized Germanic tribes) and  Eugenius'/Arbogast's soldiers were also Germanic tribes, but unbaptized Frankish heavy infantry.  Roman Empire allready fell in the decadence it does not have connections with Christianity. Different tribes were wandering arroound empire apointing Emperors at their will. Theodosius at least know how to control his "allies". Arbogast killed legitimate western Emperor Valentin II and appointed his puppet Eugenius. Practice of division of Empire was introduced by most notorious persecutor of Christians – Diocletian. He left Western part of Empire to Maximian, further more each of two of them had another emperor assistant.

Concernig fall of roman virtue, that phrase was coined by Cato the Elder, who lived in 2nd Century BC.

True but Battle of the Frigidus was seen as a last standpoint of pagan Romans, especially heavily pagan military, that didn't want to live by the Christian values, thus it's great meaning. After that there was no such pagan Roman army and with Christian values their military principle changed and imo the decay started then.

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