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The Roman army as a model for Christian behaviour

God’s sanctioning of Roman authorities

Christians taking each other to civil courts

Eating meat that has been sacrificed to idols

Christians urged to honour the emperor

"Peace and Security"

The destruction of the lawless one

Paul is seized in the Jerusalem Temple, and appeals to his Roman citizenship

Paul’s defence before Felix the procurator

Paul appeals to the emperor

Festus the procurator consults King Agrippa II

Ambrose praises Theodosius’s piety as God’s chosen custodian of the empire after the usurper Eugenius has been defeated

Ambrose implores Theodosius to have mercy on the defeated followers of the usurper, Eugenius 

The emperor must protect the Church in return for Christ preserving the empire

Roman laws and God’s laws

Theodosius’s clemency and piety as the force behind his power as ruler

The relics of Christ’s cross as vehicles of Roman power

Natural law, Jewish law, and Roman law

Praise of Rome and reflection about the old age of the Roman people.

Christianity cannot be blamed for past or present catastrophes

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