By Tony Cartledge, professor of Old Testament at Campbell University Divinity School:
The Cyrus Cylinder stands as an emblem of an innovative king who built a relatively unified empire of disparate peoples by allowing some measure of national and religious freedom beneath the banner of a single ruler.
Cyrus’ governing principles and allowance of religious freedom enabled the Persian Empire to last for 200 years, and was so enduring that Thomas Jefferson was a great admirer.
Can contemporary societies learn something from Cyrus?
Can we as a world, as a nation – or even as Baptists – learn to find greater unity through greater appreciation for each other despite our differences?
Can we forgo the desire to make others over in our image and live together beneath a banner of peace?
Read the article: Cyrus Cylinder – Pointing Toward Human Rights