Liz Goodwin of Yahoo! News writes of Candida Moss, at professor at the renowned University of Notre Dame. I’ll quote a bit and you can go read the whole story on Yahoo!.
Candida Moss, a
professor of early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame [Notre Shame – the university distinguished for anointing the Emperor in Chief] and a practicing [what does “practicing” mean? Daily, weekly or C & E] Catholic, wants to shatter what she calls the “myth” of martyrdom in the Christian faith. [I wonder what the Apostles would say about that, since all but John were martyred. Maybe St. Stephen would like a few words. And I don’t want to leave out the deacon, St. Lawrence. How about the saints of the Roman Canon? The list just goes on and on and…]
Sunday school tales of early Christians [The early Christians really had nothing better to do than sit around and make up stories of terrible persecutions and martyrdoms! Is that why so many joined the Church?] being rounded up at their secret catacomb meetings and thrown to the lions by evil Romans [Soon it may be other evil empires doing the same!] are mere fairy tales, Moss writes in a new book. In fact, in the first 250 years of Christianity, Romans mostly regarded the religion’s practitioners as meddlesome members of a superstitious cult.
The government actively persecuted Christians for only about 10 years, Moss suggests, and even then intermittently. [Maybe intermittently, but until the Edict of Milan in 313.] And, she says, many of the best known early stories of brave Christian martyrs were entirely fabricated. [How old is this woman?]
The controversial thesis, laid out in “The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom,” has earned her a lot of hate mail [I wonder why?] and a few sidelong looks from fellow faculty members. [A few “sidlong looks,” why not show her to the door? Oh, that’s right they reward apostates and persecuters of the Church!] But Moss maintains that the Roman Catholic Church and historians have known for centuries that most early Christian martyr stories were exaggerated or invented.
I wonder what she has to say about the many martyrs of the 20th century. Is she one of those who denies the Holocaust? This is rubbish, not scholarship. Mrs. Moss has nothing to worry about. When the HS office comes ringing her bell, it wont be to persecute her, they’ll be giving her an award for helping their cause.
Read the whole story here.