The Rejection of Military Service by the Early Christians

  title={The Rejection of Military Service by the Early Christians},
  author={Edward A. Ryan},
  journal={Theological Studies},
  pages={1 - 32}
  • E. Ryan
  • Published 1 February 1952
  • History
  • Theological Studies
Late in the winter of 295 a veteran of the legions named Fabius Victor appeared before Dion, proconsul at Theveste, North Africa. He came, according to his obligation, to present his twenty-one-yearold son, Maximilianus, for military service. In the course of the physical examination the young draftee astonished Dion by a vigorous refusal to serve: "Mihi non licet militare quia Christianus sum." For the moment the remark was ignored; they went ahead measuring him. He was tall enough: five ten… 
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Cum non deceat eum qui hominem interfecit aut mutilavit, etiam sine culpa, esse ministrum illius qui fuit mitis et humilis corde, Ecclesia eum removit a clero