Why were Christians persecuted in the Roman Empire? https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/romans/roman_religion_gallery_09.shtml The answer has to come from this article.
The Roman government's attitude to religion in the early centuries of the Common Era (C.E.) was a natural extension of its attitude to all forms of group activity. While most group activities were harmless or even beneficial to the state, some group activities led to civil unrest —consider the political protest groups of the modern era, whose purpose is to disrupt daily life in order to make themselves heard by their governments. The Roman government drew a very hard line against any attempts to subvert the state's authority. As the article points out,
Groups that met privately (whether...
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