This Day In Christian History

Ninth of February

According to Dionysius (died c. 264), bishop of Alexandria, on this date, Roman officials "seized that marvellous aged virgin Apollonia, broke out all her teeth with blows on her jaws, and piling up a bonfire before the city, threatened to burn her alive if she refused to recite with them their blasphemous sayings. But she asked for a brief delay and without flinching leapt into the fire and was consumed."

1881: Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky dies. A devout Russian Orthodox Christian, the author of "Crime and Punishment" (1866) and "The Brothers Karamazov" (1880) once wrote, "If someone proved to me that Christ is outside the truth and that, in reality, the truth were outside of Christ, then I should prefer to remain with Christ rather than with the truth."

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