TheChristians were accused of being the worst criminals. These chargesincluded the sacrificing of babies, also termed as the sacramentalkilling of the young ones, which was said to be complemented bybaby-eating. Additionally, there are other charges which stipulatedthat sexual activities accompanied these heinous acts. However, theleading case against the Christians was because they did not offerthe sacrifices to emperors as required. This act was thus consideredas sacrilege and treason. The unique thing about these allegations isthat they were not proven but just mere speculations and rumors.According to Tertullian, the Christians were hated because they didnot take part in the activities that the other people undertook. Forinstance, they ceased to worship the gods once they realized that itwas in vain. Secondly, the believers are hated publicly for notconforming to the traditions and way of life hence being viewed astraitors. An in-depth outlook on the experiences of the Christianshas a lot to say about the relations between them and the Romans. Assuch, it is quite evident that the relationship is strained, crueland oppressive. This can be seen by the way the Romans are describedto treat the Christians. First and foremost, they are accused ofdoing things that are seemingly not done. There is absolutely noproof that child-sacrifices and eating were being performed. Thesecond aspect is that the Christians were not judged fairly.Apparently, the Romans conducted arrests and condemnations withouttrial. Last but not least, is the fact that the Romans expected orwanted to be worshiped and have complete power over Christians. Thefailure of Christians to submit is a factor that led to the tenserelations as well as the persecutions.
Concerninglegality, internal consistency, and Justice of Trajan’s policyabout Christians, Tertullian thinks that the system againstChristianity is absurd, unfair and promotes double standards. Firstand foremost, he finds it contradicting and entirely inconsistentthat Trajan’s policy finds no fault in Christianity, yet advocatesfor their punishment. This is a clear indication of inconsistency.When it comes to lawfulness, the plan doesn’t seem to be just.Instead, it brings as to the question as to whether it is right toprosecute and punish people who have not done any wrong. Likewise,justice and fairness is clearly an aspect that is overlooked. TheChristians are accused of doing certain heinous acts, yet there is nosingle proof. As such, they are punished without fair trial hencediminishing the rule of law in the Roman administration. The irony ofunfair treatment by religion is significantly emphasized by theauthor who finds it pretentious to claim that Christians should notbe sought and arrested yet if any of them is court-martialed thenpunishment must be handed to the individual [ CITATION Ken16 l 1033 ].The specific points stressed by Tertullian in his analysis of thePolicy purport that if the Christians should not be hunted down, thenthe courts must also find them innocent. Likewise, if it is a mustthat they are punished, then the government might as well pursue andarrest them. Additionally, he specifically points out that the policydoesn’t make sense by condemning a person who has been taken tocourt albeit without being pursued by anyone.Such an individual is innocent by merit yet without being soughtafter he was found.
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