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Who Said That?

"They were accustomed to meet on a fixed day before dawn and sing responsively a hymn to Christ as to a god, and to bind themselves by oath, not to some crime, but not to commit fraud, theft, or adultery, not falsify their trust, nor to refuse to return a trust when called upon to do so.  When this was over, it was their custom to depart and to assemble again to partake of food--but ordinary and innocent food."

Leave your guess in the comments section below.  Please, no google searches or cheating.  Answer to follow next week.

Reader Comments (13)

I have read this one somewhere before but I cannot remember where or who it is. I think it is a famous ancient historian or philosopher describing to some dignitary what it is that these Christians do.
December 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Yeazel
Was that Pliny the Younger?
December 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRyan Stoddard
Pliny the Younger.
December 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter"lee n. field"
I'm going to guess Pliny as well although it could be someone else contemporary with him. It has been a long time since I read that so this is really a guess.
December 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJim Vellenga
It's Pliny the Younger (the Elder ended up in a volcano) writing to the Emperor (Trajan, I think) asking for advice about what to do with Christians he'd caught, who technically hadn't broken any law, but seemed to deserve to be punished just because they were so stubborn...
December 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCoyle
I know this. Definitely Pliny the younger in a report to the emperor Trajan. cats rule.
December 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteralan platt
Not sure about Pliny the Younger, but this sounds a lot like Bell the Dumber in a weird little summary of the gospel he did this past summer.
December 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobertW
What makes this fun reading is he refers to the Christians as atheists all through the piece: translation required!
December 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpb
Christians were considered "atheists" by the Romans because they 1) didn't believe in the gods, and 2) didn't participate in the festivals and social events dedicated to the gods (which also got them labeled "anti-social', since those were basically the only public and political events going at the time). So the Jews for the most part escaped being called atheists because they had their own public religious ceremonies, and were willing to perform the same general functions at them that the Romans did at theirs (pray for the state and the emperor, sacrifice, gather the community together in celebration, etc).
December 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCoyle
Pliny the Younger!
December 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKen Rapoza
not sure but had to be thesomeone from early church years
December 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTimimator
Yeah, Coyle, I know that background, it just makes for interesting reading.
December 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpb
This is from Pliny's letter to Trajan. In this letter, Pliny is writing to Trajan for advice on how to deal with Christians. It's an interesting letter for several reasons. First, it shows that at the time of writing persecution of the Church was not wide spread. Wide spread persecution happened at a later time. Second, one of the biggest reasons why Pliny thought Christians should be given capital punishment was because of obstinacy (contumacia), which was a legal term for those who would stubbornly refuse to cease from their criminal behavior. He even states that a true Christian would never recant nor curse Christ. Third, it gives us a glimspe into the worship practices of the early Church. One sentence in the quote provided, for example, suggests that the early Christians worshipped twice on Sunday.
December 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteven Carr

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