AN ONLINE LENT READING GROUP, for 3 Thursday evenings in March, will consider the real evidence of Persecution of Christians in the Early Church and their responses.
Oliver Nicholson will introduce the subject and facilitate discussion, with the meetings hosted by Curate Ash Leighton Plom. Links to short online documents for reading will also be provided.
Do join us from 19:00 – 20:00 on Thursdays 4th, 11th and 18th March 2021.
- March 4th
“The Destroyers of our Gods”: pagan motives and their consequences
The Romans were not in general intolerant of strange religions, so why did they persecute the Christians ? What did the Christians do to deserve it ? Or was it what they did not do ?
- March 11th
Fear, Apostasy, Flight and Defiance: the range of Christian reaction
Our idea of the persecutions is dominated by the passions of individual martyrs, but many of these are fiction. Even the authentic passions record only the last stages of the martyr’s trial and execution; it is as if all we had of Hamlet was the pile of bodies at the end of the final Act. A more rounded picture of Christian experience under persecution, especially of the fear that it engendered, can be gleaned from reading a wider range of sources.
- March 18th:
The inspirata patientia of the Martyrs, their ‘inspired endurance’, aroused admiration.
Where did the inspiration come from ?
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