Christianity had a better start. For almost three centuries it avoided capture by the logic of the state, and was able to form human beings into a community that transcended class, race and geography. This tradition was eclipsed in A.D. 325, when Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire.
So say Phillip Blond, a lecturer in philosophy and religion at St. Martin's College, Lancaster, and Adrian Pabst, a doctoral candidate at Peterhouse, Cambridge University, and a research fellow at the Luxembourg Institute for European and International Studies, in an article for the International Herald-Tribune.
These putative scholars should be forced to write on a blackboard one-hundred times "Not Constantine but Theodosius made Christianity the state religion." In Latin, even. I believe The Da Vinci Code makes the same mistake, an error more excusable in a trashy novel than in the polemics of two aspiring academics.