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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol I:
POLYCARP: Chapter X.—Polycarp confesses...

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Chapter X.—Polycarp confesses himself a Christian.

And when the proconsul yet again pressed him, and said, “Swear by the fortune of Cæsar,” he answered, “Since thou art vainly urgent that, as thou sayest, I should swear by the fortune of Cæsar, and pretendest not to know who and what I am, hear me declare with boldness, I am a Christian. And if you wish to learn what the doctrines 446 of Christianity are, appoint me a day, and thou shalt hear them.” The proconsul replied, “Persuade the people.” But Polycarp said, “To thee I have thought it right to offer an account [of my faith]; for we are taught to give all due honour (which entails no injury upon ourselves) to the powers and authorities which are ordained of God. 447 But as for these, I do not deem them worthy of receiving any account from me.” 448



Or, “an account of Christianity.”


Comp. Rom. xiii. 1-7; Tit. iii. 1.


Or, “of my making any defence to them.”

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