Did Early Martyrs Feel or Deny Their Pain?

Posted March 20, 2017 5:01 pm by Dr. Adam DeVille

The University of California Press, which has a number of series publishing works about early and Eastern Christian history, inter alia, has just sent me an intriguing new study by L.S. Cobb, Divine Deliverance: Pain and Painlessness in Early Christian Martyr Texts (UC Press, 2016), 264pp.Amidst much chatter recently about the dim future of the Church in the West, and the various forms of “persecution” that are coming, this book raises an important question about how to respond to any form of “persecution,” violent and otherwise, and where power ultimately lies. The key question, in the words of the publisher’s

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