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Old 10-04-2013, 05:48 AM   #11
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How reliable can it be when ALL information provided about such persons is derived solely from one source with an agenda, namely the Church itself??

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How reliable or true is the information about these characters: Irenaeus, Polycarp, Ignatius, Justin Martyr, etc.

Could the information about them be subject to later redaction and embellishment?

For example, Polycarp's most significant work is said to be his 'letter to the Phillipians', & the most significant work about him is the 'Martyrdom of Polycarp'. There is little to verify these works or Polycarp's roles.
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