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The Early Persecutions of the Christians

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The Early Persecutions of the Christians presents a historical perspective of the persecution of Christians, divided into two parts. It was inspired by a seminar on “Paganism and Christianity.”

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If you like this resource be sure to check out Classic Studies on Persecution in Early Christianity (7 vols.)

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“The exceptions to this policy of toleration occur only when the cults were reputed to be immoral or were a danger to the good order and security of the state. For the most part the cults which were suppressed for such reasons were of oriental origin and of an ecstatic nature.” (Page 19)

“Such repression may also have been due to the fact that their religion constituted an illegal cult. Under the law which required all associations to be licensed by the Emperor or Senate4 the external organization of the Christians was illegal.” (Pages 38–39)

“Roman religion, like all religions of antiquity, was intimately connected with the state.” (Page 27)

“It should be remembered too that a very large number of crimes were punished with the death penalty by the Roman law. The fact that Christianity was thus punished does not necessarily indicate that it was regarded as extremely dangerous to the state.” (Pages 88–89)

“To be a worshiper of Jehovah was to apostatize from the national religion.” (Page 27)

  • Title: The Early Persecutions of the Christians
  • Author: Leon Hardy Canfield
  • Edition: 2
  • Series: Studies in History, Economics and Public Law
  • Volume: LV
  • Publishers: Columbia University Press, Longman, P. S. King & Son
  • Print Publication Date: 1913
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 215
  • Era: era:modern
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Persecution › History--Early church, ca. 30-600; Persecution
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T05:26:55Z

Leon Hardy Canfield was a tutor in history at the College of the City of New York and the author of The Early Persecutions of the Christians.


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