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    READ The Myth of Persecution How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom Author Candida R. Moss First off I'm disappointed that Goodreads got this title and its subtitle flat out wrong It's printed correctly on the cover they show; but in case you can't see that the actual title of this book is The Myth of Persecution How Early Christians Invented A Story Of Martyrdom And that's important because Candida Moss is making a strong case against popularly accepted ideas of Christian persecution past and present UPDATE GR correc

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    READ The Myth of Persecution How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom Author Candida R. Moss As a trained Historian I find it hard to understand how Ms Moses' thesis and her alleged 'evidence' have eluded the invest

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    READ The Myth of Persecution How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom Author Candida R. Moss I did not want to like this bookThe story of Christian martyrdom in the early church is widely accepted and oft lifted up today The common belief is that Christianity existed as an illegal religion for centuries with Christians constantly dodging Roman hunters and fearfully meeting in secret Those who were found to be Chri

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    READ The Myth of Persecution How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom Author Candida R. Moss Candida R. Moss » 7 review This is a fine demonstration of the way history is constructed around a mixture of facts and inventions in order to tell a story in this case the story of the persecution of early Christians which the author sets alongside modern day

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    READ The Myth of Persecution How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom Author Candida R. Moss Disclaimer I only perused it The book is long and tedious it needs an editor of course I believe that true for at least half the books I read Yes there are exaggerations of persecution and some Christians really do believe the persecution was continuous and non stop but exaggeration the other way does not help Two wrongs will not fix the problem When I got to the part on page 139 concerning Tacitus A Roman pagan who kne

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    READ The Myth of Persecution How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom Author Candida R. Moss Excellent well documented argument Beautifully clear concise writing that's even appropriate for undergrads Exceptionally useful for demonstrating use of and evaluating of evidence to studentsNB myth in Moss' title means MUCH MORE than oh that's just a myth She considers the critical role stories about martyrs held in the developmen

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    Download Ù eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB » Candida R. Moss READ The Myth of Persecution How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom Author Candida R. Moss Candida R. Moss » 7 review I came across this book as I was weeding the religion section at the library and thought it sounded interesting

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    Download Ù eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB » Candida R. Moss Candida R. Moss » 7 review Read & Download The Myth of Persecution How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom Putting aside the fact that Candida Moss is a total babe this book of revisionist history is uite entertaining and well impassioned I don't know that I believe in everything Moss espouses particularly as she is so passionat

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    READ The Myth of Persecution How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom Author Candida R. Moss Christians have long cherished stories of martyrs and their persecution particularly from the first three centuries CE before Christianity bec

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The Myth of Persecution How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom characters É 107 Ool classes celebrated in sermons and employed by church leaders politicians and media pundits who insist that Christians were and always will be persecuted by a hostile secular world While violence against Christians does occur in select parts of the world today the rhetoric of persecution is both misleading and rooted in an inaccurate history of the early church Moss urges modern Christians to abandon the conspiratorial assumption that the world is out to get Christians and rather embrace the consolation moral instruction and spiritual guidance that these martyrdom stories provi. I came across this book as I was weeding the religion section at the library and thought it sounded interesting Lo and behold I actually read itWhile I m not surprised by the evidence that the stories of martyrs are inaccurate embellished or at their worst fabricated I found the book most instructive in how it explains the narrative that Christianity in America today is under attack

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The Myth of Persecution How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom characters É 107 In The Myth of Persecution Candida Moss a leading expert on early Christianity reveals how the early church exaggerated invented and forged stories of Christian martyrs and how the dangerous legacy of a martyrdom complex is employed today to silence dissent and galvanize a new generation of culture warriorsAccording to cherished church tradition and popular belief before the Emperor Constantine made Christianity legal in the fourth century early Christians were systematically persecuted by a brutal Roman Empire intent on their destruction As the story goes vast numbers of believer. I did not want to like this bookThe story of Christian martyrdom in the early church is widely accepted and oft lifted up today The common belief is that Christianity existed as an illegal religion for centuries with Christians constantly dodging Roman hunters and fearfully meeting in secret Those who were found to be Christians were gloriously martyred In other words they demonstrated their commitment to Jesus by following him the whole way to his deathCandida Moss argues that much of this story is fiction Some of the fiction she exposes is not surprising or ought not be to any who took a church history course in seminary The myth that Christians were constantly hunted down is just that a myth When persecution did happen it was localized and often driven not by the government but the whims of the mob The first empire wide persecution was not till 250 AD under Emperor DeciusYet even this measured story that you learn in church history class comes under criticism by Moss For example she argues that there is no evidence that Decius was specifically targeting Christians Many of her arguments are strong Occasionally she seems to go beyond what the evidence she presents demonstrates She seems to draw conclusions based on mere similarities that could be coincidences In one case she comments that the author of the Martyrdom of Polycarp wants to make Polycarp into the kind of hero any Greek or Roman might admire Her argument is based on evidence of similarities between this story and that of great Greek heroes who laid down their lives But it seems a large jump to go from these similarities to get into the author s head and conclusively say this was done on purpose How does she know what the author was intending Perhaps such stories were so common that the author couldn t help but write in a similar way or maybe it was just a coincidenceAnother time she comments that the Christians saw the Maccabean martyrs from the centuries prior to Jesus as Christians too This seems sloppy and no evidence is offered that any Christians thought such people who lived before Christ were Christians Perhaps they lived in ways the later Christians admired but no one said as Moss states that they too were Christians Later she uestions whether we can trust Christian documents that borrow from ancient myth and philosophy Why should such borrowing cause us to uestion whether the stories actually happened That seems a bit anachronistic reading our modern concern for literal historical fact into a time when authors were willing to modify details to fit a purpose I also thought her argument that stories of persecution and martyrdom were the impetus for Christians to later harm others was a bit off Prior to the conversion of Constantine in the 300s Christianity was nearly universal in refusing to use violence A few Christians did join the military but all the evidence points to Christianity being a vigorous way of life that emulated Jesus even to death Perhaps later Christians would use a fear of persecution to rally the troops to fight but the earliest Christians for over 200 years followed Jesus call to turn the other cheek and not strike back All that to say though I did not want to like this book and though I found some parts uestionable I did like it I think one of the reasons I liked it was that Moss is concerned with how ancient martyrs are used today Many evangelical Christians in America do have a persecution complex which is ironic considering how powerful evangelicals are politically Moss shows how martyrdom stories took off in the post Constantine era when martyrdom had ended The martyrs were used to support various theologies get a martyr on your side of an argument and it helps you win The same thing happens today so wealthy and comfortable Christians in America can claim martyrdom when not everything in the world goes their way The problem with this is that it diminishes those who truly suffer for their faith There really were some in the ancient church who suffered and died just as there are many in the world today a point Moss touches on but only too briefly and claims of persecution by American Christians takes the focus away from real persecution When Americans get all up in arms because a celebrity loses his job because of comments he made or a because baker gets sued because they do not want to serve a cake to someone whose lifestyle they disagree with and when such cases lead to cries of persecution those who truly are suffering loseOverall this is a challenging and thought provoking book a good work of history

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The Myth of Persecution How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom characters É 107 S were thrown to the lions tortured or burned alive because they refused to renounce Christ These saints Christianity's inspirational heroes are still venerated todayMoss however exposes that the Age of Martyrs is a fiction there was no sustained 300 year long effort by the Romans to persecute Christians Instead these stories were pious exaggerations; highly stylized rewritings of Jewish Greek and Roman noble death traditions; and even forgeries designed to marginalize heretics inspire the faithful and fund churchesThe traditional story of persecution is still taught in Sunday sch. Disclaimer I only perused it The book is long and tedious it needs an editor of course I believe that true for at least half the books I read Yes there are exaggerations of persecution and some Christians really do believe the persecution was continuous and non stop but exaggeration the other way does not help Two wrongs will not fix the problem When I got to the part on page 139 concerning Tacitus A Roman pagan who knew of persecution and he was not uoted directly and then when you read the end note stating some scholars believe Christianity was illegal across the empire from Nero to Constantine I knew there was a problem Some scholars how about none or at least list them I had never heard that claim from a scholar Maybe there are some but that type of statement with out sourcing shows the bias to facts that she does not likeHere are some other rebuttals to her thesis they are all Christians and so biased but then I would say Moss is also biased So read the book and theses reviews and decidePaul L Maier is professor emeritus of ancient history at Western Michigan University and a much published author He has translated new editions of Josephus and Eusebius and written the best selling A Skeleton in God s Closet Thomas Nelson 1994 His latest book is The Constantine Codex Tyndale 2011httpwwweuiporgarticlethe mythBible scholar Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St Andrews University in Scotland A graduate of UNC Chapel Hill he went on to receive the MDiv degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and a PhD from the University of Durham in England He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world and is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS a society dedicated to New Testament studieshttpwwwpatheoscomblogsbibleandEphraim Radner a member of FIRST THINGS advisory council is professor of historical theology at Wycliffe College in Torontohttpwwwfirstthingscomarticle20

  • Hardcover
  • 320
  • The Myth of Persecution How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom
  • Candida R. Moss
  • English
  • 03 February 2018
  • 9780062104526