The Fall of Rome

Edward Gibbon, who wrote the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, though the Christians might be to blame for the collapse of that ancient civilization.  He writes: " As the happiness of a future life is the great object of religion, we may hear, without surprise or scandal, that the introduction, or at least the abuse, of Christianity had some influence on the decline and fall of the Roman empire." 

But there is more to the story.  Another historian, Arnold Toynbee, challenges Gibbon, "One hesitates to question Gibbon's authority, but I believe there is a fallacy in this view which vitiates the whole of it."  Toynbee suggests that Rome was already falling before Christianity even began.  Watch this video to find out more!