The Father of Church History: Eusebius

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Eusebius: 'The Father of Church History' Eusebius is known as the 'father of church history' because of his historical accounts of the formation of early Christendom. Born in Caesarea around 260c.e., he was mentored by Pamphilus, who had been a student of theologian and christian academy founder, Origen. Eusebius became bishop of Caesarea and was a signer of the Nicean Creed. As an admirer and self professed confidant of Constantine, his historical works in The History of the Church…show more content…
Liberty was given to all who wished to insult them, and some struck them with cudgels, some with sticks, some with whips, others with straps, and yet others with whip ends...some died under their tortures, shaming their adversary by their unshakable determination” (267). Eusebius introduces Aduactus, a Roman minister of finance who courageously spoke out in favor of Christ and was martyred for his faith. He shares details regarding methods for torture in differing regions, “Sometimes they were killed with the axe, as it happened to those in Arabia; sometimes their legs were broken-the fate of those in Cappadocia. Sometimes they were hung up by the feet head down over a slow fire...as was done to those in Mesopotamia;...portions of the body cut up like meat-the procedure at Alexandria” (269). He makes the case that the Church leaders who were martyred proved that the religion they taught was genuine by their willingness to die such horrific deaths; he lists many bishops by name, location and often manner of death in meticulous detail. The accounts of the actions by the 'enemies of true religion' throughout the ten year period of Christian persecution, are so barbaric that Eusebius can only surmise that the perpetrators are being controlled by demons. Maximin, the leader of the east and Maxentius of Rome are described as

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