Posted by: sean | April 16, 2008

Cyprian: a.d. 250

Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. 5, p. 277
Wars are scattered all over the earth with the bloody horror of camps. The whole world is wet with mutual blood. And murder–which is admitted to be a crime in the case of an individual–is called a virtue when it is committed wholesale. Impunity is claimed for the wicked deeds, not because they are guiltless, but because the cruelty is perpetrated on a grand scale!

Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. 5, p. 351
Christians do not attack their assailants in return, for it is not lawful for the innocent to kill even the guilty.

Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. 5, p. 488
The hand must not be spotted with the sword and blood-not after the Eucharist is carried in it.

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