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The Early Church on Killing Part 2: How Did the Church Become so Violent?

This is part 2 of a 2 part series about violence and the early church. Read part 1 “What Did the Early Church Teach about Killing and War? here. On March 12 , 295, Maximilian Victor was a 21 year-old follower of Jesus called to service in the Roman army. He…

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Book Summary – The Early Church on Killing: What Did the Early Church Teach about War and Killing?

This is part 1 of a 2 part series about the early church, killing and violence. Read part 2 here. I recently finished Ronald J. Sider’s book “The Early Church on Killing.” He gathered all of the 2000 year old early church source data for Christians today to summarise the early…


What did the Early Church Teach about Capital Punishment, Killing and War?

Below is a quote from Ronald J Sider’s new book (2012), The Early Church on Killing. It’s a comprehensive compilation of relevant primary documents [and teachings] from the early church addressing any form of killing. The quote below is Siders last paragraph, a summary of the entire book. “What we can say…