If You Don’t Martyr Me, I’ll Kill Ya
At The Corner, our National Review group blog, David French offers a cute thought experiment: What if present-day Christianity were as addled with terrorist impulses as present-day Islam?
It isn’t, of course, but terrorism is not completely alien to Christianity. Here’s a specimen from the 4th century: the Circumcellions, a/k/a Agonistici. I particularly liked this lawyerly work-around:
Because Jesus had told Peter to put down his sword in the Garden of Gethsemane (John 18:11), the Circumcellions piously avoided bladed weapons and instead opted for the use of blunt clubs . . .