But at Least the Football Team Is Winning!

by Michael Potemra

 

There’s a book coming out next March called The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom. The back cover of the advance reading copy says that “the ‘Age of the Martyrs’ is a fiction” and that “these stories were exaggerated, invented, and forged, often centuries later, in order to fight heresy, inspire the faithful, and fund churches.”

The book’s author is a professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame.