The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdomby Candida Moss
According to cherished church tradition and popular belief, early Christians were systematically persecuted by a brutal Roman Empire. In The Myth of Persecution, Candida Moss reveals that the "Age of Martyrs" is a fiction—there was no sustained three-hundred-year-long effort by the Romans to persecute Christians. While there were some martyrs/em>
According to cherished church tradition and popular belief, early Christians were systematically persecuted by a brutal Roman Empire. In The Myth of Persecution, Candida Moss reveals that the "Age of Martyrs" is a fiction—there was no sustained three-hundred-year-long effort by the Romans to persecute Christians. While there were some martyrs, most of these stories were pious exaggerations and even forgeries designed to marginalize heretics, inspire the faithful, and fund churches. Moss encourages modern Christians to get the history of persecution right and embrace the consolation, moral instruction, and spiritual guidance that these martyrdom stories provide.
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— Rev. Dr. Robin R. Meyers, UCC Minister and author of The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus
— Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University and author of Christianity: the First Three Thousand Years
— Harvey Cox, Hollis Research Professor of Divinity at Harvard, and author of The Future of Faith
— James Carroll, Author of Jerusalem, Jerusalem
— Archbishop Desmond Tutu
— Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK
Meet the Author
Candida Moss is professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame. A regular contributor to The Daily Beast, Moss has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor, CBS News, FOX News, the History Channel, National Geographic, and the Travel Channel, and has served as an expert commentator for the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other national media outlets.
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The 1 star reviewer hasn't read this book as the very first thing the author does is talk about persecution in egypt. This book is not about contemporary persecution, it's about the early church. It's fascinating, informative, and very easy to read. I recommend it to anyone interested in history, christianity, and persecution.
Candida Moss presents a much-needed clear-eyed presentation of the legitimate, fact-based challenges of the early Church and why the idea of Christian-as-victim is so harmful to Christians as well as others.
A good read for the religious and atheist, alike. The book reveals the 'victim' mentality of early Christians and how they used it to their advantage long ago and still today. The scholarship of this work is excellent. I look forward to more from this author.
Another Jew-approved mainstream book that is an attack upon the integrity and truthfulness of Christianity. The claim of this book can more accurately be applied to the Jews: they have always whined about persecution throughout the centuries but we're never supposed to ask WHY they have been so subjected.
Funny, the posted reviews don't mention the persecutions going on today in the Middle East, China, Africa, and mildly, in a marginalizing manner, Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Nor do they mention the results of the French Revolution, the persecutions in Russia, the Spanish Civil War, and in Mexico under Calles. I am unaware that it has ever been argued that the Roman persecutions lasted 300 years straight. But that there were persecutions under Emperors such as Nero, Domitian, Trajan, Decius, Diocletian Julian, and others cannot be seriously argued against.