The Spread Of Early Christianity

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After close examination of the historical article provided, this document appears to be a letter containing a firsthand account relating the procedures of the interrogation and persecution of Christians during the spread of early Christianity. The author addresses the recipient of the letter by proclaiming, “my lord” and further referring to his lord as his authority throughout the remaining four paragraphs through the use of second person such as “you,” “your name,” and “your instructions” (1, 3-5). As for the author’s identity, we can assume that he is an authoritative figure of high ranks with a powerful title, perhaps that of a high military officer or governor, due his execution orders and description of his own brutal interrogations …show more content…

However, the prompting of this argument is due to inward dissonance of his procedural knowledge. Though the author concludes the necessity for punishment regardless of their "creed, stubbornness and inflexible obstinacy,” he is uncertain of what lengths he should proceed in his further investigations and punishments in the light of his present circumstances surrounding the spread of accusations and the multiples of Christians rapidly rising in his region (2). The recent event that the author describes is the anonymous spread of accusations throughout his region. Though many Christians denied such accusations as falsehoods and responded with prayers to the author’s lord while cursing Christ’s name, the author (3). After granting many of those accused pardon after their confessions, the author learns the rituals and practices of the Christians. After hearing the descriptions of their meetings and assemblies without a direct causation to crime or disloyalty within community and proceeding to torture two deaconesses, the author concludes that such assemblies are “ordinary and innocent” and that their beliefs are only “depraved, excessive superstition” (4). Here, we not only see evidence of the aggressive sentiments of Roman authorities towards Christians, but also observe the Christians responsiveness from direct orders from the author. Due to the author’s forbiddance of “political associations,” the Christians no longer eat

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