The ‘Myth’ Of Christian Persecution

Huff Post: by Lauren Markoe.

(RNS) Growing up Catholic in England, Candida Moss felt secure in life, yet was told in church that Christians have been persecuted since the dawn of Christianity. Now, as an adult and a theologian, she wants to set the record straight.

Too many modern Christians invoke, to lamentable effect, an ancient history of persecution that didn’t exist, Moss argues in her newly published book, “The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented A Story of Martyrdom.”

Although anti-Christian prejudice was fairly widespread in the church’s first 300 years, she writes, “the prosecution of Christians was rare, and the persecution of Christians was limited to no more than a handful of years.”

We asked Moss, professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame, to talk about the travails of early Christians, and how they are misappropriated in the public sphere today. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.


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  1. Oh, please… The top picture depicting slavery in America infers that it is the only place where it existed and is the worst example of that horrendous practice. Balderdash! Let us discuss that long institution in the Muslim world where it still exists to this very day in many places, shall we? Muslims were enslaving black Africans long before Columbus set foot in ‘The New World’. That is just another example of anti-Americanism. Or can I call it Ameriophobia? The referenced article also is just a political hack-piece.

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