Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Hang on

Romans believed that one was forever obligated to honor the religion of one’s ancestors; hence Jews were usually given an exemption from actions in violation of their ancestral faith. But the Romans were contemptuous of all who had abandoned their ancestral faith as of course, all Christians had done, making their refusal to comply with the edict [to sacrifice to the emperor] doubly offensive.— The Triumph of Christianity, page 143

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