The Problem of Persecution in the Early Church

@article{Ryan1944ThePO,
  title={The Problem of Persecution in the Early Church},
  author={Edward A. Ryan},
  journal={Theological Studies},
  year={1944},
  volume={5},
  pages={310 - 339}
}
  • E. Ryan
  • Published 1 September 1944
  • History
  • Theological Studies
T EVERY manner of moral conscience today the employment of force in support of religion is an object of particular abhorrence. The spiritual penalties which a Church may inflict, such as excommunication, ordinarily excite little indignation; but the use of corporal punishment in order to win or retain adherence to religious doctrine— expecially to the Christian gospel of love—would release storms of protest. Emphatic denunciations have been pronounced upon the Catholic Church because of the use… 

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