Persecution of the Pagans

Artist's Description

Although Christianity claims to preach love and brotherhood, its actual history reflects very little of either. Once the nascent creed established itself, one of its first tasks was to eradicate every other culture and religion standing in its way, especially of the Gentle sort, i.e. heathen or pagan. An awareness of this historical development essential to counter the popular view, assiduously nourished by Christian churches, that early Christianity arose out of the sacrifice of numerous “martyrs” tortured by cruel Pagans. While a few early Christians, often calling for the destruction of Pagan cults and culture, were indeed executed by Roman authorities, scholars today agree that many of the so-called martyrdoms receive no corroboration from history and may be later constructions. On the other hand, no one who studies history objectively can deny that pagans as well as “heretical” Christians were persecuted and murdered in far greater numbers at the behest of the growing church.

Artwork created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro.

Also used
1 x skull
3 x Manfrotto LED lighting panels
Some replica blood
and a touch of imagination / insanity

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