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Julian and the Counter Christian movement...

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I've recently read Julian, by Gore Vidal, which is great by the way, and I thought it raised a couple of intruiging questions.

 

If Julian had, instead of marching of to his death at the hands of the Persians (or more accurately, his own generals), stayed in Constantinople and continued his efforts to re-establish the Hellenic Gods....

 

1. Could he have been successful? Not so much in eradicating Christianity, but in safely re-establishing the Hellenic religion?

 

2. If he had been successful, what would the West look like today? Would the two still exist side by side? Would the Church have eventually triumphed anyway? Would the West have fallen to Islam?

 

Personally, I think he was fighting a losing fight, and probably would have been assasinated anyway.

 

What do you think?

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