By John William Charles Wand

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D. 500 4Th Ed. author : Wand, J. W. C. publisher : Taylor ? Church history--Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600. 1 subject : Church history--Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600. D. 500 Page ii This page intentionally left blank. D. WAND Formerly Bishop of London LONDON and NEW YORK Page iv First published 1937 by Methuen & Co. Ltd This edition published in the Taylor & Francis e-Library, 2007. uk. Ward 1937 All rights reserved. No pan of this book may be reprinted or reproduced or utilized in any form or by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, now known or hereafter invented, including photocopying and recording, or in any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publishers.

It was inevitable that in such circumstances demonology and magic should play upon the superstition of the vulgar. For a reaction against this kind of thing one must turn to the philosophers. Among them rather than in religious circles could be found a school of virtue. Of this the highest example was the cold but duty-loving detachment of the Stoics. Stoicism indeed by this time had become moralism pure and simple. But if the ideals of a Seneca could lead to nothing better than suicide, it was not likely that lesser men would long think them worth pursuing.

It looks therefore as if the hatred stirred up against the Christians on this occasion was such that they were henceforth reckoned as necessarily subverters of society. This may imply that without the publication of any edict they were placed beyond the pale, and were liable to police raids on any occasion. Generally, no doubt, when the first fury had spent itself they would be left alone, but the caprice of the mob, the jealousy of Jewish neighbours, the zeal of a magistrate or the will of the Emperor might at any time bring them before the courts; and then if they were unwilling to clear themselves by doing honour to the genius of the Emperor, which to them would be idolatrous worship, they could be summarily convicted as a common police measure.

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