This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.View Full Document
Unformatted text preview: being they still see Jesus as a criminal and anybody who worships him as a criminal by association. When a believer refused to renounce the church, neither emperor hesitated in the execution of such a man. These texts are important as we do see the progression of the church within the Roman Empire. It also creates martyrs for the surviving Christians to cherish and imitate. Without these 1 Annals of Tacitus, in Brian Tierney and Joan W. Scott, eds., Western Societies: A Documentary History, Volume 1 (Adapted) , 2nd ed. (Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2009), 96. 2 Letters of Pliny the Consul , in Tierney and Scott, Western Societies , 97-99. horrendous persecutions, the Christian faith may not be as strong as it is today, or may have never made it to 400 A.D. It is these events that so many of the Christian teachings have root in....
View Full Document
- Spring '08
- Christian faith, Nero, Annals of Tacitus