“Kill us, torture us, condemn us, grind us to dust; your injustice is the proof that we are innocent.... The oftener we are mown down by you, the more in number we grow; the blood of Christians is seed.” (Tertullian, The Apology)
Book 1 – AD 284: Darkness
∗ Meet Diocletian, and Mark
Book 2 – AD 312: Chaos
∗ Meet Constantine, and Servus
Book 3 – AD 380: Division
∗ Meet Theodosius, and Cyrus
A lot changed from Diocletian to Theodosius. During this century, the church went from being persecuted, to being tolerated, to being favored, to persecuting others.
All of these changes were bewildering to the ordinary people caught in the middle of the battle between Popes and Emperors on one side, and God on the other.
Jesus said: "I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."