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Porphyry, as quoted in Macarius Magnes’ Apocriticus 3.16

“Again, consider in detail that other passage, where he says, ‘Such signs shall follow them that believe: they shall lay hands upon sick folk, and they shall recover, and if they drink any deadly drug, it shall in no wise hurt them.’ So the right thing would be for those selected for the priesthood, and particularly those who lay claim to the episcopate or presidency, to make use of this form of test. The deadly drug should be set before them in order that the man who received no harm from the drinking of it might be given precedence of the rest. And if they are not bold enough to accept this sort of test, they ought to confess that they do not believe in the things Jesus said. For if it is a peculiarity of the faith to overcome the evil of a poison and to remove the pain of a sick man, the believer who does not do these things either has not become a genuine believer, or else, though his belief is genuine, the thing that he believes in is not potent but feeble.” – Porphyry, as quoted in Macarius Magnes’ Apocriticus 3.16

[Technically, I suppose, this one doesn’t really fit in with the theme of the blog – but it’s so spot-on and deliciously catty that I couldn’t really help myself.]

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