The Passion of Perpetua

By Andrea G. Schwartz
July 02, 2019

Much of world history has been lost or forgotten because of the bias against Christianity.  Additionally, since many of those who graduated high school or college were systematically indoctrinated against a biblical world and life view, stories that would encourage believers to stand courageously for their faith in Christ are absent from most curriculums. 

Foxe’s Book of Martyrs chronicles the lives of the early Christians through the Reformation, who stood for their faith, despite the threat and often eventuality of death.  While not comfortable reading, it serves as a reminder that the cost of discipleship is not cheap. 

R.J. Rushdoony, a masterful historian, in his Christian Survey of World History, recounts the lives of many faithful martyrs.  One account is of a young wife and mother, Perpetua, whose commitment to Christ was such that, despite emotional appeals from relatives and verbal attacks on her convictions, she stood firm.  

Listen as Rushdoony shares her story, of how she took Jesus’ admonition to heart, “Remember the word that I said unto you: the servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you" (John 15:20a).

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Topics: Biography, Church History

Andrea G. Schwartz

Andrea Schwartz is Chalcedon’s family and Christian education advocate, and the author of eight books including: A House for God: Building a Kingdom-Driven Family, The Biblical Trustee Family: Understanding God’s Purpose for Your Household, Empowered: Developing Strong Women for Kingdom Service, Woman of the House: A Mother’s Role in Building a Christian Culture, and The Homeschool Life: Discovering God’s Way to Family-Based Education. She’s also the co-host of the Out of the Question podcast, and Homeschooling Helps (weekly live Facebook event). She can be reached at [email protected]

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