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No activity shaped Puritans more than their "plain" preaching. Here's what it was like.
Irish monks and nuns are famous for their spiritual heroics.
Spiritual Wisdom of the Desert Fathers
Modern Christian hermits still look to him for inspiration, as did the entire Middle Ages, but today we hardly know him. What did the illiterate recluse, known as Antony of the Desert, do to earn such adulation?
What monks meant by fasting, and what they ate when they didn't.
Why thousands of early Christians took up the monastic way.
Jerome was a disciplined ascetic who was on top of current affairs.
Basics of a foreign faith
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February 23, 155 (traditional date): Polycarp, the bishop of Smyrna, is martyred. Reportedly a disciple of the Apostle John, at age 86 he was taken to be burned at the stake. "You try to frighten me with fire that burns for an hour and forget the fire of hell that never burns out," he said. The flames, legend says, would not touch him, and when he was run through with a sword, his blood put the fire out (see issue 27: Persecution in the Early Church).

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