Tertullian: “Public hatred asks but one thing”

Dover Beach

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“If the Tiber floods the city, or if the Nile refuses to rise, or if the sky withholds its rain, if there is an earthquake, a famine, a pestilence, at once the cry is raised: ‘Christians to the lion!’ … Public hatred asks but one thing, not the investigation of the crimes charged, but simply the confession of the Christian name.”

Tertullian

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