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Introduction: The Warrior's Path To God

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Given the religious context in which the duty of the warrior is conferred and delineated, it is also possible to regard him as another kind of priest, i.e., a sacred intermediary who performs the awesome task of defending his community from the various enemies which threaten it. The brief description given here of the religious position of an ancient warrior is intended to remind us that the motivations of a soldier in a pre-industrial society diverged considerably from those of a modern day individual caught up in the impersonal, bureaucratic defense establishments so characteristic of our own time. Religion also served a purpose on the battlefield at the unit or army level. Just like modern day armies, military chaplains or priests always accompanied the Roman army into battle.

Keywords: Christianity; Roman army; warrior

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