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Persecutions of Christians
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I. Early Church

During the period of the Early Church, the Roman state took violent measures against confessing adherents of Christianity, on the basis of a negative view of Christian congregations as groups of conspirators, since they refused to recognize the Roman gods or participate in the emperor cult. As a rule, adherence to Christianity was determined by judicial …

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Barceló, Pedro, Holze, Heinrich, Hummel, Karl-Joseph, Gensichen, Hans-Werner and Pointer, Richard W., “Persecutions of Christians”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_02978>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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