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Are you seriously advocating that the Edict of Milan in 313 and the Edict of Thessalonica in 380 where within the purview of “the word of God, the testimony of the saints, the faithful witness of the martyrs”?

Wouldn’t this be superimposing a theological interpretation upon a strictly historical narration?

For my part my interpretation is that those two “historical bookmarks” (Milan and Thessalonica) are simply masterpieces of political expediency. On the part of the Roman Empire as well as of the Church.

Oh, BTW, talking about “christian martyrs”, there obviously were none between 313 and 380. We may call Priscillian the first “heretic martyr” (385 CE) after orthodox Catholic Christianity was declared by the three emperors (Theodosius I, Gratian, and Valentinian II) the only legitimate form of Christianity in the Roman Empire. According to the contemporary historian Sulpicius Severus:

“For his [Priscillian’s] followers who had previously honored him as a saint, subsequently began to reverence him as a martyr.” (Sacred History ii. 51)

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