Pliny The Younger Analysis

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Pliny the Younger, was the governor of Bithynia-Pontus (Roman province in Turkey) from 110 to 113 A.D. Pliny had written an official government documents (Epistulae X.96 ) that became known also as the Pliny Letters 10.96-97, to the Roman Emperor Trajan asking for the official Roman policy regarding how to govern and punish Christians. The Pliny Letters are historical fact, as well as an indirect reference to Jesus Christ by direct identification of His followers. Pliny the Younger admitted in these letters of torturing and executing Christians. He would allow the Christians live if they worshiped a statue of Trajan and the gods of Rome, while also forcing the Christians to curse and deny the name of Christ. They stated that the sum of their guilt or error amounted to this, that they used to gather on a stated day before dawn and sing to Christ as if he were a god, and that they took an oath not to involve themselves in villainy, but rather to commit no theft, no fraud, no adultery; not to break faith, nor to deny money placed with them in trust. Once these things were done, it was their…show more content…
Celsus was known for his work, “The True Word” which only survives in excerpts in Origen’s writing “Contra Celsus”, which translates to “Against Celsus”. Celsus’s work is considered as the earliest known comprehensive attack on Christianity, in which Origen refutes. Celsus wrote extensively of Jesus Christ and mentions the story of the birth of Jesus, stating Jesus was fathered by a man named Pantarea. This is found in the Jewish Talmud, and mentions the miracles of Jesus performed and how proclaimed the miracles were from God. Celsus claims the miracles were sorcery. Celsus went through much effort to disprove Jesus Christ. This actually makes the case for the existence of Jesus Christ, very

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