Hippolytus of Rome

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A soldier of the civil authority must be taught not to kill men and to refuse to do so if he is commanded. ... If he is unwilling to comply, he must be rejected. A military commander ... must resign or be rejected. If a catechumen or a believer seeks to become a soldier, they must be rejected, for they have despised God.

Hippolytus of Rome (170–235) was a 3rd-century theologian.

Quotes[edit]

Apostolic Tradition[edit]

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.

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