Hippolytus of Rome
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Hippolytus of Rome (170 – 235) was a 3rd-century theologian.
in Readings in World Christian History (2013), pp. 17-22
- Inquiry shall likewise be made about the professions and trades of those who are brought to be admitted to the faith. If a man is a pander, he must desist or be rejected.
- If a man is an actor or pantomimist, he must be rejected.
- A gladiator or a trainer of gladiators, or a huntsman, or anyone connected with these shows ... must desist or be rejected.
- A soldier of the civil authority must be taught not to kill men and to refuse to do so if he is commanded, and to refuse to take an oath; if he is unwilling to comply, he must be rejected.
- If a catechumen or a believer seeks to become a soldier, they must be rejected, for they have despised God.