A professor at Notre Dame is gaining fame for her new book in which she claims many of the stories of Christian martyrdom from the early period of the church are actually exaggerations and untrue. She claims to be a practicing Catholic and “expert in Christianity,” and that this book is not an attack on faith, but on historical inaccuracies. But it’s easy to see how something like this could minimize the persecution of historical Christians while simultaneously encouraging greater persecution of Christians world-wide. And with the amount of persecutions Christians are facing at the hands of Muslims, communists, and others world-wide presently, encouraging greater persecution is not desirable. A recent article reports:
“…advancing some bold claims, the professor holds that the so-called “Age of Martyrs” was, at least in part, fictional. This was the time-frame before Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity in the fourth century — a period during which many allege that believers were brutally murdered by Roman authorities. Stories are often told today of the plight that these individuals faced. But Moss believes that many of these narratives were exaggerations used to push back against heretics, to inspire believers and to gain support for church funding.” We continue to defend religious freedom in West Virginia, and seek greater freedom for Christians world-wide. Click here for original article.
About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.