The Myth Of Christian Persecutions

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Persecution of the Christians To understand to what degree and how the Christians were persecuted in the Roman Empire it would be essential to understand the origins, of Christianity in the 1st Centaury BCE, also the first Christian emperor Constantine, and how today it is one of the world’s most popular religions with over two billion followers. It is also important to point out the differing views relating to the extent, on how the Christians were persecuted. According to the myth or story told Jesus was crucified and killed by the Romans in 30 CE. However, according to Gospels, Jesus was originally persecuted by the Jews. The persecution of Jesus was a foreshadowing of what was to come for the Christians. The word of Christianity was spread …show more content…
The book describes Martyrs throughout in Christianity and other religions, the persecution of Christians, and why the Romans disliked the Christians. Moss provides great examples of specific events that talk about persecutions on all groups, including non-Christians, which would give great information on how perhaps the stories exaggerated the extent of persecutions. It provides excellent insight into the spreading of Christianity through the empire and also the reaction and attitude of the Romans to the Christians in the empire. “The Romans were very tolerant and accepting rulers. In fact the model for Romans interactions with foreign deities and religion was one of tolerance and adaption”. Quotes like this provide great insight to actual feelings of Romans not just what is given to us by films or Christian …show more content…
Christianity Today, Issue 27, 1990. The article gives points on how the idea of Christianity was negative and how the toleration usually shown in the empire was very precarious when it came to Christianity. Also provides great insight into fear someone would experience if they were to be denounced as a Christian very similar to witch hunts based on jealousy and greed. The article goes into depth on why monotheism won out over mythology that the simplicity and the strength it had gathered behind it caused it to appeal to so many. “Popular opinion had been changing in favor of Christianity in the previous 30 years’. Against such spirits pagan authorities were powerless. It gives us a sense of how attitudes and ideologies were changing among people during this period and why the persecutions did not

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