Paul: Saint or Rascal? by Walter C Cambra, a monograph, has arrived at the Reading Room courtesy of the author.
“It is a familiar cliche of Christian folklore that the Christian Church and its main advocates were persecuted by the Caesars of Rome. It also is a cornerstone of Christian lore that the Christian Church and the Roman Empire were hostile and mutual adversaries each seeking to exclusive loyalty of men’s minds.
However, what is well established in the minds of men throughout numerous generations may have no independent corroborative basis in actual fact! I wish to examine the institutional notions mentioned in the opening paragraph with a litmus test that actually confirms the first sentence of this second paragraph.”
“He was called twice to Rome to answer for his suspected heresies, but avoided the summons because of the protection of a patron, the Holy Roman Emperor. After the death of this patron he was said to have traveled to England, but that the monks who were his students ultimately stabbed him to death with their pens in a fit of apoplexy over his sophistry.” [via]