martyr http://wamc.org en "The Myth of Persecution" by Candida Moss http://wamc.org/post/myth-persecution-candida-moss <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Myth of Persecution</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><a href="http://www.candidamoss.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Candida Moss</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a leading expert on early Christianity, reveals how the early church exaggerated, invented, and forged stories of Christian martyrs and how the dangerous legacy of a martyrdom complex is employed today to silence dissent and galvanize a new generation of culture warriors.</span></p><p>According to cherished church tradition and popular belief, before the Emperor Constantine made Christianity legal in the fourth century, early Christians were systematically persecuted by a brutal Roman Empire intent on their destruction.</p><p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 14:45:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 59315 at http://wamc.org "The Myth of Persecution" by Candida Moss