The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom

The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom

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 warriors.According to cherished church tradition and popular belief, b...

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Title:The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom
Author:Candida R. Moss
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  • Deborah Markus
    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 import...
  • Domhnall
    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 examples in American politics to demonstrate its continuing sign...
  • Emily
    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 ...
  • David
    I did not want to like this book.The 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. Tho...
  • Courtney
    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 it.While 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 ins...
  • Grace
    Putting aside the fact that Candida Moss is a total babe, this book of revisionist history is quite entertaining and, well, impassioned. I don't know that I believe in everything Moss espouses, particularly as she is so passionate about her topic, but she presents, for the most part, a compelling ar...
  • Gary Patton
    As a trained Historian I find it hard to understand how Ms. Moses' thesis and her alleged 'evidence' have eluded the investigation of Historians and other scholars ...secular as well as Christian ...for nearly 1600 years.I find in this book revisionist history at its most obfuscationist. It's a perv...
  • Doug
    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 ...

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