the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church

The Church has thrived on persecution. Cf. TERTULLIAN Apologeticus I. semen est sanguis Christianorum, the blood of Christians is seed.

1560 J. PILKINGTON Aggeus the Prophet U4v Cipriane wrytes that the bloud of Martirs is the seede of the Church.

1655 T. FULLER Church Hist. Britain I. iv. Of all Shires in England, Stafford-shire was..the largest sown with the Seed of the Church, I mean, the bloud of primitive Martyrs.

1889 J. LUBBOCK Pleasures of Life II. xi. The Inquisition has even from its own point of view proved generally a failure. The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.

1979 Church Times 15 June 10 It is not merely that ‘the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church’; it is that a little persecution is good for you.


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