Contantine, love or hate him, the Great

This really wonderfully rendered bronze of Constantine I is situated outside the entrance of York Minster. The minster sits above the Roman headquarters where Constantine was proclaimed Emperor. Below is a link that gives his history.

The statue and the church side by side is a visual reflection of the history of the Church since Constantine made it legal and then favored. We have never been the same. It is a controversial marriage no doubt. Those who deplore it do so from the safe distance and comfortable situation that choice made for us. The truth is it is hard to see how the Church would have survived without Constantine but we can’t know that. So here he is sitting next to a medieval minster that he made possible. I wonder what he would think?

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