Polycarp of Smyrna is Burned at the Stake Hot

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Polycarp of Smyrna, an early church father, is burned at the stake at the age of 86 because he refuses to repudiate Christianity and burn incense to the Roman Emperor. Legend has it that his persecutors have to stab him to death because the flames do not touch him.

According to Irenaeus and Tertullian, Polycarp of Smyrna had been a disciple of the Apostle John, thus making him an important personal link between the apostolic age and the growing Christian church of the second century.



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