Chrysostom’s Solution for Blasphemers

“But since our discourse has now turned to the subject of blasphemy, I desire to ask one favour of you all in return for this, my address and speaking with you; which is that you will correct on my behalf the blasphemers of this city. And should you hear any one in the public thoroughfare, or in the midst of the forum, blaspheming God; reproach, rebuke him; and should it be necessary to inflict blows, spare not to do so. Smite him on the face; strike his mouth; sanctify thy hand with the blow, and if any should accuse thee and drag thee to the place of justice, follow them thither; and when the judge on the bench calls thee to account, say boldly that the man blasphemed the King of angels!”

– St. John Chrysostom

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Fresco of St. John Chrysostom, lower register ...

Fresco of St. John Chrysostom, lower register of sanctuary in Church of the Theotokos Peribleptos in Ohrid, Macedonia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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2 thoughts on “Chrysostom’s Solution for Blasphemers

  1. “…you will correct on my behalf the blasphemers of this city.”
    “Intense…” No kidding! Despite the certainty of cultural/historical/contextual considerations that might moderate this statement–centuries later, it is still chilling, because there are always a number of “brown shirts” that will gladly take up their leader’s direction to mete out his own, personalized, justice. I love John C., but nonetheless, Maranatha!

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