ican history. The
revolution in Russia, that sparked the overthrow of communism, was a
huge part of Russian history. The revolution of Christianity from the
concepts of Greek gods was also a large part of religious history.
Christianity and Greek gods have many comparisons, contrasts, and
these contrasts resulted in Christianity being revolutionary.
The concepts of Christianity and the religious concepts of the Greek
gods are comparatively alike.
To begin, in both religions, humans
believe that there are speakers for their God/gods. Gods do not speak
to mere mortals. These people are the priests who teach of the gods
ways and wants. Some are fortune tellers or prophets, as they were
called in Greek times, that foretell the future. For example,
Tiriesias, in the plays Oedipus the King and Antigone, was a blind
prophet who could see the future and foretell it to people. In Greek
times the prophets were of high social status.
Also, the people
believe that their God or gods are above all human ranks. They believe
a god is above all and listens to people when they need help. This is
why humans pray to the God/gods for forgiveness.
The two religious views also believe that the God/gods are watching
over their followers. The God/gods decide either before or after a
persons life on earth where the person will live in the afterlife,
depending on the persons values. Both believe one would either go to
a bad place, called Hell or Hades, or a good place, called heaven or
the Elysian Fields.
Likewise both believe in an afterlife that is
The ideas of the followers of Christianity and Greek religions are
also very different. To begin, Christians believe in one almighty God.
This is also known as monotheism. Christians believe this God gave the
world his only son. When that son was put to death by a human, He told
the people He would die to forgive their sins.
This shows that God and
His son were both caring and forgiving beings. They are respected by
the followers of Christianity. God helps humans. Humans pray to this
God for help and forgiveness. People also go to church to learn about
their religion and to pay their respects to God. The church is thought
to be Gods house.
This is why people get dressed up and try to look
nice when they are guests in Gods house. God and Jesus are thought to
live in heaven.
Greeks, however, are very different from Christians. They believe in
many gods. This is also known as polytheism. These gods are mean and
torture the humans for doing wrong.
In the play Antigone, the leader
speaks, Must, King and quickly too. The gods, provoked, never wait to
mow men down.1 This quote proves how quick tempered the gods are.
These same gods destine a humans fate. Fate is also determined
usually by a family curse. As in Antigone, the Greek tragedy, Antigone
states, What more do you think could Zeus require of us to load the
curse thats on the House of Oedipus?2 This quote shows how Zeus, a
Greek god, has determined Antigone’s fate by the curse that has been
placed on her family.
A humans fate is foretold and is kept by the
oracles. Oedipus oracle states that he would kill his father and
marry his mother. This oracle comes true even though many people of
the city of Thebes do not know that Oedipus is Jocasta and Liaus son
because they ordered their son to be put to death. People of Greek
times do not attend church; they are told of their futures by prophets
or by other family members. They do, however, also try to please the
gods so that they are not punished. The Greek gods are thought to live
above the Greek citizens on a mountain named Olympus.
Christianity was considered revolutionary by many. Revolutionary is
defined as: having the nature of, characterized by, tending toward,
and causing a revolution, or drastic change.3 Christianity was a
major change in beliefs causing many to think it was wrong. The
evolution of Christianity was hampered by the beliefs of the people
and their familiarity with the ways of the Greeks. This was such a
giant change, many did not like it.
Thus, although Christianity may seem similar to the concepts of the
Greek gods it has many distinct differences.
These differences explain
why Christianity can be considered revolutionary. .