In The Myth of Persecution, Candida Moss, 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.
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.
The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts recently launched a new initiative to reach out to people of faith who have become disaffected by the institutional church. It’s called Clearstory Collective and it promotes opportunities for people seeking faith based communities and alternative worship. It is the brainchild of Rev. Christopher Carlisle, the diocesan missioner to higher education. He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.