The immovable ladder is a nice metaphor for decision making with large groups or within complex systems of rules or regulations. Satisfying them all can be hard. And when the obstacles are not ‘hard’ ones, they can be soft sociological ones. Within bureaucracies one is ill-advised to offend anyone gravely – often even if they’re not very important. People don’t like other people getting their noses seriously out of joint and will go to some lengths to preserve harmony and consensus. So the immovable ladder goes into my slide pack to illustrate the problems of paralysis by serial veto.
Actually empath, there's pretty solid evidence to show that on the balance of probabilities this Church is likely to be in the right place.
It was first located there in about 350 CE.
The local tradition of the community would have been scrutinized carefully when Constantine set out to build his church in 326 AD, because the chosen site was inconvenient and expensive. Substantial buildings had to be torn down, most notably the temple built over the site by Hadrian. Just to the south was a spot that would have been otherwise perfect - the open space of Hadrian's forum.Again, tenuous at best, and frankly just conjecture, not "solid evidence". And seriously, if we're going to say "Hadrian built a Temple of Venus there because it was (assumedly) a holy Christian place that he wanted to claim for his religion", why do we not even consider the possibility that Constantine wanted to claim a holy Venusian place for his religion?The eyewitness historian Eusebius claimed that in the course of the excavations, the original memorial was discovered. However, he also claimed that all three crosses (those of Jesus and the two thieves) were found at the site, which seems less likely. (Life of Constantine 3:28)Again, Eusebius is often thought to be a liar. And even this bullet point is saying so.
jesus dude. Enough already.
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