I Am A Christian: Authentic Accounts of Christian Martyrdom and Persecution from the Ancient Sources

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Anthony P. Schiavo, Jr.
Arx Publishing, LLC, Sep 17, 2018 - History - 216 pages
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"Jesus never existed." 

"The Bible is a book of fairy tales."

"Accounts of Christian persecution are fables."

Christians of today face ridiculous claims of this type on a regular basis. These charges gain traction in the modern world because the average person has practically no knowledge of the Church's ancient past. I Am A Christian: Authentic Accounts of Christian Martyrdom and Persecution from the Ancient Sources aims to remedy this deficiency.

The works collected in this book represent some of the most trustworthy first-hand accounts of the triumphs and travails of the early Church that have survived antiquity. These include several authentic transcripts of Roman legal proceedings against Christians, along with obscure but fascinating historical works that are unfamiliar to even the most informed Christians of today. In several cases, readers will be presented with the actual words of the martyrs themselves. In others, they will read accounts penned by eye-witnesses or authors writing within the living memory of the events themselves.

Taken together, these works form a glorious record of early Christian zeal and fortitude in the face of aggressive state persecution. When reading them, one notices a common refrain: when questioned, the accused would cry out: “I am a Christian,” which was the equivalent of saying, “I am guilty as charged.” In an era when such an admission carried a death sentence, these authentic testimonies provide a convincing answer to modern skeptics who will find them as baffling as did the ancient Roman emperors, proconsuls and magistrates of nearly two millennia ago.

 

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Contents

The First Martyrs
3
The Passion of Saint Ignatius of Antioch
17
The Passion of Saint Polycarp
25
The Passion of Justin Martyr and Companions
37
The Apology and Acts of Apollonius
43
The Scillitan Martyrs
51
The Passion of Saints Perpetua Felicitas and Companions
55
Saints Potamiena Basilides and the Pupils of Origen who Became Martyrs
73
The Passion of Saint Fructuosus of Tarragona and Companions 109 Chapter 14 The Acts of Saints Chionia Agape and Irene Who Hid the Scriptures
115
Traditores and the Burning of Christian Books
123
The Martyrs of Abitina
129
The Passion of Saint Crispina
139
Saint Agnes of Rome
143
Martyrdom Poems of Prudentius
149
The Persian Martyrs
159
Martyrs during the Reign of Julian the Apostate
171

The Martyrs of Alexandria during the Decian Persecution
77
The Passion of Saint Saturninus
85
The Martyrdom of Saint Cyprian
93
The Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence
103
The Epitaphs of Pope Saint Damasus
179
Index
193
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