There are many explanations for the fall of the Roman Empire, but I don’t believe blame can be solely placed on the immorality of Rome. Babcock (2012) states, “Rome was always immoral, and it always tolerated a whole range of immoral acts throughout its history” (p. 136). It would be hard to imagine that things continued to get worse until the morals were so bad that the empire collapsed. Although I do agree that “the explanation for why all human societies and empires collapse (is) because of their sinful nature” (Babcock, 2012. P. 136). When reading this, I thought about Noah and the ark; remembering God being so upset with all the sins of the world that He wiped everything clean except for those aboard Noah’s ark. The Christian, political, and pathological answers make the most sense to me. The Christian answer explains that the empire had to fall in order to “make way for the City of God that was to be established on earth” (Babcock, 2012. P. 137). Everything that happens in the world only happens according to God’s plan, and this must have been the plan He had. The political answer points out that “the concentration of power in the office of Caesar corrupted Rome, such that Rome could no longer effectively be governed” (Babcock, 2012. P. 137). Throughout history there have been many examples of negative effects once a ruler becomes too powerful. Finally, the pathological answer tells us that “pathogens like the plague and malaria might have destabilized Roman society” (Babcock, 2012. P. 138). Diseases are known for killing a great number of people in a short time; this easily could have contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire. There are many other contributing factors as to why the empire fell, yet I still believe it was the combination of all that ultimately led to the destruction.
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Babcock, M. A. (2012). The Story of Western Culture. United State of America: HPS Publishing....
References: Babcock, M. A. (2012). The Story of Western Culture. United State of America: HPS Publishing.
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