[orthodox-synod] Re: God's Anointed, St. Theodosius the Great
- Having recently completed an article on the Emperor Magnus Maximus, for a
magazine called Military History, I know that St. Theodosius the Great, the
anointed Emperor of Rome, was complicitous in the murder of Victor, the
infant son of the Emperor Magnus Maximus.
Having defeated Magnus in battle, Theodosius, the eastern emperor, had him
beheaded. That was politics, in those days.
Infanticide, however, is so morally contemptible, one wonders how God's
anointed would not know that? He could argue that the 5 to 7 thousand
persons he caused to be killed in the arena were in rebellion, but what had
an innocent child done?
Perhaps the German expression "heilsgeschicte" (holy history) covers it? The
story is told not so much to be historical truth, as to bolster a point of
view supportive of a particular religious perspective.