Thursday, 22 December 2011
The blood of the Martyrs is the seed of the Church
The above quote is from an early church Father called Tertullian (160-220 AD). It's a reference to the fact that the persecution of the early church by the Roman Empire, rather than extinguishing the flame of faith, actually ended up making it burn brighter. One example of this is Polycarp one of the early bishops and a disciple of St. John the Divine, the writer of the fourth gospel. Please note that the speaker talks about Polycarp being converted as a child/youngster. That is an attempt to side-step the fact that Polycarp was baptized as a baby - a common practice then - and which all early Christians consider their 'conversion' to Christianity.