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Who was the first person on record who was killed by a Christian or group of Christians for religious disagreements?

I am trying to learn when did things start to go wrong in Christianity and when did it start to change from a peaceful, loving religious group into a movement that engaged in war and physical ...
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To what extent did the Chinese government force Catholic priests to marry?

In his book The Souls of China, Ian Johnson writes about a type of religious persecution that was inflicted on some groups in China during the Cultural Revolution (1966–76): Across the country, ...
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How many people were killed by Protestant Inquisition style tribunals? Asking for references

It's relatively easy to find estimates for the number of people killed during the Catholic Inquisition; one just needs to check the Wikipedia page, to see several estimates of the number of people ...
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Was it possible for Catholics to express their faith openly in England during the time of persecution?

Was it possible for Catholics to express their faith openly (if at all) in Britain during the time of the of English persecutions (April 29, 1559)-(April 13, 1829)? On 29 April 1559, the English ...
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Which 20th-century Orthodox Christians said that the crusades were more oppressive than the Marxist anti-religious campaigns?

Everett Ferguson, in Church History, I, 23.I.D, discusses the brutality of the crusades in the early 13th century, when Constantinople was sacked. One point I found particularly interesting was a ...
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Are we blessed when people hurt us? [closed]

Matthew 5:11 says, Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake: (Douay-Rheims) From the sound of it, this verse has ...
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Do Christians Believe Persecution is a Part of Their Identity? [closed]

Matthew 5:11-12 states that persecution is an expectation of those who follow Christ. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you ...
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Has the Roman Catholic Church ever officially condemned the Croatian Ustashi?

I understand the Ustashi (or Ustaše) to have been a fascist organization that dominated Croatia during World War II. This Wikipedia article reputes that Ustashi persecution of non-Croatians was so ...
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Is the Russian Orthodox Church pressing the government of Russia to ban Jehovah's Witnesses?

As early as today (April 7 2017) the Supreme Court of Russia may ban the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses. This would make it a criminal offense for Jehovah's Witnesses even to meet together to pray. ...
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Are Christians still persecuted in Afghanistan?

In the past there have been reports that Christians are persecuted in Afghanistan. Is this still true?
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Do any Christian traditions permit suicide to avoid being dishonored (raped)?

Do any Christian traditions allow suicide for women at the point of being dishonored (raped) by rampaging armies or thugs during war or persecutions against Christians? This tough subject includes ...
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What countries today have severe restrictions against Christianity as state policy?

What countries today have severe restrictions against Christianity as state policy? Is it possible to give a short overview with description of those policies? This source is quite good, however, ...
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What is an overview of early church opposition to authorities?

What is an overview of early church father expressions of opposition against authorities? I'm looking for things like: Protests against state-/government-sponsored injustice Arguments against the ...
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What is an overview of how Christian commentators have explained rulers to be a terror to bad conduct?

Paul writes in Romans 13: For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. (Romans 13:3a ESV) If we interpret it as referring to all rulers at all times this statement does not seem to ...
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Is a claim of 50,000,000 Baptist martyrs accurate?

In the book The Trail of Blood by James M Carroll, the author makes the claim that 50,000,000 early Baptists were martyred under persecution by the Catholic Church. The author makes the claim ...
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Is it ever revealed that Paul released those that he imprisoned?

So Paul (previously Saul) became a believer and an effective advocate for Christ, but only after he had imprisoned several believers. Acts 8:3 ESV But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering ...
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What is so appealing about Christianity? [closed]

Early Christianity soon after Jesus’ death, in spite of the whole powerful world being against the first believers, kept spreading rapidly in that region. More so because up to the point of Jesus' ...
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Persecution of Jewish people by Christians in Middle Ages?

I want to apologize ahead if my questions sound disrespectful to anybody. This isn't my intent. I grew up in East Asia which has very few Christians, but I have been very interested in the history of ...
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A question about practising Christianity against authority [duplicate]

Romans 13:1-2 (RSV) 1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore he who ...
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Why did Christianity survive at all? [closed]

I was reading about ... hold on, what was I reading about? Nevermind, I was URL surfing. Jumping around from one link to another I somehow got to this - He [Nero] was known for having captured ...
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Christian founding of American colonies

Were most of the initial founders of the North American colonies really dissident Christians fleeing religious persecution in Europe? I've heard it said a number of times, but I wondered if it is ...
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What's the first recorded case of the Church's persecuting heretics?

What's the first recorded case of the Church's persecuting heretics? By persecution I mean not only the act of stopping fellowship with a heretic, but also something more than that - things like, for ...