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Upon this Trajan wrote back that Christians were by no means to be sought after; but if they were brought before him, they should be punished. O miserable deliverance — under the necessities of the case, a self-contradiction! It forbids them to be sought after as innocent, and it commands them to be punished as guilty.
It is at once merciful and cruel; it passes by, and it punishes. Why do you play a game of evasion upon yourself, O Judgment?
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Nor indeed hof you hold that our crimes require no such investigation merely on the ground that you are convinced by our confession of the name that the deeds were done — you who are daily wont, though you know well enough what murder is, none the less to extract from the confessed murderer a full account of how the crime was perpetrated. So that with all the greater perversity you act, when, holding our crimes proved sed our confession of the name of Christ Women for hot sex Bellona NY, you drive us by torture to fall from our confession, that, repudiating jot name, we may in like manner repudiate also the crimes with which, from that same confession, you had assumed that we were chargeable.
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I am a Christianthe Blelona cries out. He Dex you what he is; you wish to hear from him what he is not. Occupying your place of authority to extort the truthyou do your utmost to get lies from us. I am, he says, that which you ask me if I am.
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In our case alone you are either ashamed or unwilling to mention the very names of our crimes — If to be called a Christian does not imply any crime, the name is surely very hateful, when that of itself is made a crime.
What are we to think of it, that most people flr blindly knock their heads against the hatred of the Christian name; that when they bear favourable testimony to any one, they mingle with it abuse of the name he bears? A good man, says one, is Gaius Seius, only that he is a Christian. So another, I am astonished that a wise man like Lucius should have suddenly become a Christian.
Nobody thinks it needful to consider whether Gaius is not good and Lucius wise, on this very account that he is a Christian ; or a Christianfor the reason that he is wise and good.