What I wrote about monuments and totems in 2002 (when I was liberal)

Chapter I Monuments, Totems and the Veneratio Antiquitatis The prologue of the Passion of Perpetua and Felicity, a narrative about the martyrdom of two Christian women in Africa in 202 CE, begins with this statement about the nature of a text’s authority and its antiquity: If the old exemplars of faith, which testify to the…

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