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Responding to Persecution The Apologists and Martyrs
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Pagan’s Attitudes toward Christians Accused Christians of: Atheism (rejection of the pagan pantheon) Cannibalism Incest Misanthropes (haters of humanity) Obstinacy Despised Christians for: worshipping a crucified man abandoning Greek religion believing in the resurrection accepting doctrines by faith rather than by rational demonstration
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Nature of Persecution Most persecution prior to the 3rd century was not state- sponsored but due to local mob action against Christians. Pliny’s letter to Trajan (beginning of the 2nd century) Christians were not to be sought out, though Christianity was illegal. In the 3rd century Roman policy changed. Septimius Severus (A.D. 193-211) Prevent conversions Decius (A.D. 249-251) Create apostates Must offer sacrifices to the gods and obtain a certificate to that effect Diocletian and Galerius (A.D. 284-311) Great Persecution Removed Christians from the ranks of the army and political office Attempted to destroy their sacred texts In most cases, the goal was not to exterminate Christians but to create apostates and hinder conversion. The goal was to restore Rome’s glory by creating social cohesion and securing divine favor.
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Response to Persecution: Martyrdom Embracing martyrdom Supreme imitation of Christ
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course REL 1350 taught by Professor Holleyman during the Spring '07 term at Baylor.

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