Saturday, March 10, 2012


This was the man [Quintus, a Phrygian] who forced himself and some others to come forward voluntarily [for trial]. Him the proconsul, after many entreaties, persuaded to swear and to offer sacrifice. Wherefore, rather, we do not commend those who give themselves up [to suffering], seeing the Gospel does not teach to do so.” Martyrdom of Polycarp, IV, ANF 1:40

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