FRAGMENTS FROM ALEXANDRIA: Cyril & Hypatia, the Scholars Debate

. . .when we preach the death of the only begotten son of God. . .
we celebrate the unbloody sacrifice in the church. . .
and are sanctified, 
being made partakers of the sacred flesh and precious blood  
of Christ, the Saviour of us all.
~Cyril of Alexandria, quoted in The Rev. Alban Butler, The Lives of the Saints, V. 1

THE SCHOLARS DEBATE:
DID CYRIL CAUSE THE MURDER OF HYPATIA?

He did, and it was evil.
He did, and it was good.
He didn’t, and he should have.
He didn’t, and we’re relieved.
Either way, we are defensive–

He was retaliating against violence
directed at Christians by the Jews.
The pagans were too powerful.
She was defending the Jews.
She was a brilliant mathematician.
The church was in danger of dying.
She incited his rival to support the Jews.
She was a woman with no right to speak.
She was a pagan and therefore a demon.
She was a pagan and therefore a goddess.
She was young and beautiful.
She wasn’t beautiful, or young.

Saying he did it is rewriting history.
Saying he didn’t is rewriting history.

It was a violent time.
It was a complicated time.

It is not possible to judge him
by the standards of today.

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