In what ways did Christianity represent a departure from the ideals and practices of ancient Greece and Rome?
In ancient Greece and in ancient Rome, war wasn’t exactly an uncommon thing. Violence was something widely accepted–remember gladiator fights? Yeah, guess where those originated. And we all know it was a total love fest! They didn’t rip each other to shreds because they loved each other. But Christianity introduced a different concept. A peaceful one. It introduced a loving God who cared, not one who would destroy you if you stepped one toe out of line. A God who taught you to love everyone as yourself and not to steal or cheat. I think that was the first step to stepping away from the traditional ways.