I have a big interest in the ancient Near East, and wish now that I'd become an Assyriologist, instead of a sailor. Anyway, tonight I was reading some ancient Persian history, and came upon a description of some of the first xians in the ancient Middle East. This was in Persia, circa 400 CE. This entry was written from a xian perspective: "The Persian bishop of Susa, who was given to impetuosity, destroyed one of the fire temples of the Zoroastrians. Complaint being made to the king, the bishop was ordered to restore the building and to make good all damage that had been done. When the bishop refused, Yazdegerd I threatened to destroy every church in his dominion. Such orders were issued and were carried out eagerly by the Zoroastrians inflamed with jealousy against the believers. Before long the destruction of the churches developed into a general persecution. Yazdegerd I died in 420, and his son, Bahram V, increased the afflictions of the church."
Can you believe this? The Persian xians destroy someone's house of worship, and so this incites the victims -- I mean, recipients of their xian love and generosity -- in turn to destroy *their* houses of worship, and this reaping of the fruits of their labor is described as being accomplished by "Zoroastrians inflamed with jealousy against the believers." Can you just feel the righteous indignation emanating from this writer, much like electromagnetic waves?
Can anyone else see the beginning of a worldview here?