Talk:Sources for the historicity of Jesus

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Created new article - as a daughter article of Historicity of Jesus, which is getting too long, and which is the subject of discussion about its reason for existence. Wdford (talk) 10:01, 21 October 2013 (UTC)

Marcus Aurelius[edit]

An addition has been made to the article "Emperor Marcus Aurelius, A.D. 121 - 180, Emperor Marcus Aurelius, well known persecutor of Christians, much has been written about the persecutions he perpetrated against the early Church". This is sourced to Fox's Book of Martyrs, a work of Protestant propaganda more than four hundred years old,and a reference to the Catholic Encyclopedia, more than 100 years old, which however when you click on the link takes you to an article on Aurelian, not the same person as Marcus Aurelius. The article in the Catholic Encyclopedia on Marcus Aurelius [1] says first that he put a stop to persecution of Christians due to a miracle he experienced, then that there were persecutions during his reign but these were as the result of local mobs rather than an imperial edict. Our article on Marcus Aurelius states "The number and severity of persecutions of Christians in various locations of the empire seemingly increased during the reign of Marcus Aurelius. The extent to which Marcus Aurelius himself directed, encouraged, or was aware of these persecutions is unclear and much debated by historians." This is sourced to a modern secular biography of him "McLynn, Frank (2009). Marcus Aurelius: A Life." But even if he were a persecutor of Christians, which is highly doubtful, I do not see how that fact could in any way be considered a source for the historicity of Jesus, so I am removing it.Smeat75 (talk) 21:59, 29 September 2016 (UTC)