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  • The Bible, as we know it today, was collated by the pagan Roman emperor Constantine the Great.
  • "I thought Constantine was a Christian," Sophie said.
  • In Constantine’s day, Rome’s official religion was sun worship—the cult of Sol Invictus, or the Invincible Sun—and Constantine was its head priest.
  • The Priory believes that Constantine and his male successors successfully converted the world from matriarchal paganism to patriarchal Christianity by waging a campaign of propaganda that demonized the sacred feminine, obliterating the goddess from modern religion forever.
  • In Constantine’s day, Rome’s official religion was sun worship—the cult of Sol Invictus, or the Invincible Sun—and Constantine was its head priest.
  • Constantine decided something had to be done.
  • Constantine was a very good businessman.
  • Historians still marvel at the brilliance with which Constantine converted the sun-worshipping pagans to Christianity.
  • Constantine’s underhanded political maneuvers don’t diminish the majesty of Christ’s life.
  • All we are saying is that Constantine took advantage of Christ’s substantial influence and importance.
  • To rewrite the history books, Constantine knew he would need a bold stroke.
  • Anyone who chose the forbidden gospels over Constantine’s version was deemed a heretic.
  • Constantine’s Bible has been their truth for ages.
  • Because Constantine upgraded Jesus’ status almost four centuries after Jesus’ death, thousands of documents already existed chronicling His life as a mortal man.
  • "Originally," Langdon said, "Christianity honored the Jewish Sabbath of Saturday, but Constantine shifted it to coincide with the pagan’s veneration day of the sun."
  • During this fusion of religions, Constantine needed to strengthen the new Christian tradition, and held a famous ecumenical gathering known as the Council of Nicaea.
  • Constantine commissioned and financed a new Bible, which omitted those gospels that spoke of Christ’s human traits and embellished those gospels that made Him godlike.
  • By officially endorsing Jesus as the Son of God, Constantine turned Jesus into a deity who existed beyond the scope of the human world, an entity whose power was unchallengeable.
  • Since the days of Constantine, the Church has successfully hidden the truth about Mary Magdalene and Jesus.
  • "Fortunately for historians," Teabing said, "some of the gospels that Constantine attempted to eradicate managed to survive.

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  • Some scholars believe the increased responsibility and power Constantine brought to Christians resulted in a conversion from being entirely pacifistic to embracing just war theory.
  • Years were to pass before its translation into English (done excellently by Constantine FitzGibbon).
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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