Category: Early Church

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Religious Liberty, Neglected by Christendom, Restored in Vatican II

In the first few centuries of Christian history, Christians found themselves persecuted simply because they were Christian. While there are debates about the number of Christians that were actually tortured or killed, the fact remains that early Christians were tortured and killed, and Christian apologists wrote to authorities — from local governors to the emperor himself — decrying the lack of religious liberty that permitted this sad state of affairs. Christians argued that no one...