The early Christian Church was built on the bodies of martyrs. Sometimes this was by literally constructing places of worship on the site of a martyrdom, but in addition, tales of the deaths of those who died for their faith were some of the most popular early Christian texts. Those who were killed for their Christian belief were thought to go straight to heaven. These martyrs evolved into saints, who were believed to intervene on behalf of Christians with God.
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Dr Ben Gazur has a PhD in biochemistry but gave up the glamour of the lab to be a freelance writer. He specialises in history, science, and the history of science. Ben Gazur is a writer and author. His book about food folklore is currently being crowdfunded. If you support it, you will get your name printed in the book. Click here to find out more.