DESPITE THE FACTS

ND Professor Candida Moss claims myths about early Christian martyrs block solution of today’s abortion and religious liberty controversies.

Did you know that Americans might agree on issues like abortion if Christians realized that the story of early Christian persecution is a fable? Dr. Candida Moss, a prominent Notre Dame professor of theology, has written a book suggesting just that in The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom.

Moss’s book holds special significance for Notre Dame because she targets two bishops closely associated with the university, the late Bishop John M. D’Arcy and Bishop Daniel Jenky, C.S.C., as carriers of the martyrdom myth virus into the public square. Moreover, she has drawn on her book to criticize Notre Dame’s lawsuit to block the Obama abortifacient/contraception/sterilization mandate.