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Plagues past: learning from the selflessness of the early church

Tyler O’Neil on how Christians saved lives and spread the gospel during Roman plagues of the second and third centuries

Tyler O’Neil

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The Philistines of Ashdod attacked by plague. Lisbon National Museum of Ancient Art. Photography by Daniel Villafruela.

Christians facing the coronavirus today would do well to remember how the selfless love of the early church helped spread the gospel in a world much more hostile to Jesus’ message than our world is today.