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 Names Of Christians in early ages

Names Of Christians in early ages are manifold, besides those found in the N.T. Thus the Church fathers used various appellations in describing Christians: Catholics, for while the Church remained one and undivided, it was properly called Catholic; Ecclesiastics, men of the Church; Dogmatics, men of the doctrine; Gnostics, men of knowledge. The names of reproach and derision heaped upon Christians were almost endless. The following are of importance in illustrating the condition of the primitive Church: Jews, for at first they were regarded merely as a Jewish sect; Nazarenes, always used in a bad sense; Galileans, a name used by Julian the Apostate, who died with these words on his lips, “Vicisti, O Galilaee;” Greeks, for by the ancient Romans this was a term expressive of suspicion and contempt; Magicians, Sibyllists, from their being charged with corrupting the Sibylline books; Sarmentitii, from the fagots with which fires were kindled around martyrs at the stake; Senaxii, from the stake to which they were bound; Parabolani, from their being exposed to wild beasts; Βιαθάνατοι, self-murderers, because of their fearlessness of death; ῎Αθεοι, atheists; Νεώτεροι, new lights; , Σταυρολάτραι, worshippers of the cross; Plautinae prosapiae homines, pistores, men of the race of Plautus, bakers (Plautus is said to have hired himself to a baker to grind in his mill); Asinarii, worshippers of an ass; Abjecti, Creduli, Fatui, Hebetes, Idiotce, Imperiti, Lucifugae, Simplices, Stulti, Stupidi, etc.

 2019/4/12 19:19Profile

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 Re: Names Of Christians in early ages

One of the accusations against early Christians was atheism. Monotheism was not the norm in antiquity. It was an anomaly. In the ancient Mediterranean world virtually everyone agreed that there were many gods and that each home, association, city, ethnic group, or empire might have its own deities. Few were concerned with denying the legitimacy of other gods. The Christian focus on one God seemed the equivalent of denying the gods altogether. Christians refused to worship the traditional gods and also, judged by Roman-era criteria, they didn’t seem to practice even a recognizable form of religion. In the first couple of centuries Christians had no shrines, temples, altars, images, sacrificial rites or priesthood. Therefore early Christians were called atheists.

 2019/4/13 16:30Profile

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Did you compile this list yourself or is there another source I can go view as well? I really enjoy church history and it would be interesting to see these names associated with some kind of timeline.


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