By Harry Loewen, Steven M. Nolt, Carol Duerksen, Elwood Yoder
This product is out of print from the writer. Please see second version. First released in 1996, via hearth and Water has proved to be a superb source for Mennonite highschool background sessions and for those who need to know extra in regards to the origins, heritage, and ideology of the Anabaptist/Mennonite church.
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When Roman emperors came to help the church, powerful church leaders tried to determine which views and doctrines were orthodox or correct and which were not. Those who lost the debates were often called heretics because they dissented from established church dogma. They were banished, persecuted, or put to death by church and state officials. Trying to Agree about the Trinity The present form of the Apostles' Creed, recited in many churches today, probably did not exist before the sixth century.
Christians were tormented because they refused to offer sacrifices to the old gods, acknowledge Caesar as their lord, and serve in the military. In Asia Minor a Roman official burned a Christian town and its inhabitants. Romans stole Christians' property in Rome. In Egypt, Palestine, and Syria, Christians were mistreated and killed until well into the fourth century. The early church leader Tertullian (160220) wrote that the blood of the martyrs became the seed of the church. He Page 34 Maximilian of North Africa Some Christians suffered persecution because they refused to serve as soldiers.
1 Maximilian was sentenced to die. His courageous witness and death made a powerful impression on the Christians of his time and on succeeding generations. The medieval church made Maximilian a saint, and Christians throughout the ages have tried to emulate his courage and steadfast life. meant that the suffering of Christians contributed to the growth of the church. There is much truth to this. It might be noted that the persecutions of Anabaptists in the sixteenth century were even more severe than those of the early Christians.
Through Fire & Water: An Overview of Mennonite History by Harry Loewen, Steven M. Nolt, Carol Duerksen, Elwood Yoder