October 27, 2016

Today in History: Heavenly vision foretells Constantine’s victory at Milvian Bridge (312)

John RobsonResident Historian
 

October 27 is the anniversary of Constantine’s famous “In hoc signa vinces” vision in 312, the sort of event we now dismiss as ridiculous superstition. 

Yet a rigorously materialist vision of history exhibits its own dogmatism.

Dismissing a sophisticated civilization as credulous hicks, blinds us to the declared experiences of most of mankind throughout our history.

This leaves us unable to explain much of the past including why Constantine became a Christian and made it an official state religion after not seeing anything in the sky before his crucial victory at the Milvian Bridge.

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commented 2016-10-27 19:37:50 -0400
PROFESSOR ROBSON , I heard or read this very subject from the TRUMPET. Com
Yours had a interesting angle - over net power slam
I enjoyed your back hand slap as well
commented 2016-10-27 14:02:43 -0400
Excellent and interesting video as always. It reminded me of some of the points made by CS Lewis in Miracles (in my opinion, his best non-fiction work, and I don’t say that lightly since he has left us with a lot of high quality material to choose from). As Lewis pointed out, If one assumes, a priori, that miracles can’t happen, then obviously, one will never find evidence for them and will never witness a miracle. If one assumes that the natural world is all there is (pure materialism) then clearly one begins by excluding the possibility of the supernatural and therefore any apparent evidence for such would be judged to be due to natural causes.

At the very least, to properly interpret historical events and people one must surely make an effort to understand the mindsets – no doubt often completely different than our own – of those different peoples and cultures from history, and not to turn them into proxy contemporaries who just happen to have been born a couple of millennia ago.
commented 2016-10-27 13:24:15 -0400
John, good post, and my compliments on that nice backhand to the damned UN!