cholars today quite generally agree that cremation probably began in any real sense during the early Stone Age -- around 3000 B.C. -- and most likely in Europe and the Near East. However, by 400 A.D., as a result of Constantine's Christianization of the Empire, earth burial had completely replaced cremation except for rare instances of plague or war, and for the next 1,500 years remained the accepted mode of disposition throughout Europe. Modern cremation, as we know it, actually began only a little over a century ago, after years of experimentation into the development of a dependable chamber. When Professor Brunetti of Italy finally perfected his model and displayed it at the 1873 Vienna Exposition, the cremation movement started almost simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic. Cremation has become popular in 21st century Britain, but the Roman Catholic and Anglican Church has not always been in love with the idea. So is cremation acceptable, or is it right to uphold the tradition of burial? A few hundred years ago the Church of Rome burnt the bodies of some ‘heretics,’ hoping that when Christ returned, it would be impossible for them to be resurrected. But 2000 years since Jesus ascension, many are not concerned about cremation, believing that from dust we came, to dust we shall return.
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