Friday, November 4, 2011

Murphysboro Centuries, 3rd secular

Decius, 249-251 AD
- attempted to restore the pagan religion (which by that time meant primarily the worship of the dead emperors) - systematically persecuted Christians, focusing on bishops and pastors - Christians didn't have to give up their religion, but did have to participate in one pagan ceremony and get a certificate indicating that they had sacrificed to the emperors - executed Pope Fabianus, “I would far rather receive news of a rival to the throne than of another bishop in Rome.”
- huge invasion of the Goths, Decius went to fight them, died in battle, July 251 along with most of his army

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