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 . . .

 

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