polytheist extractions

Theodoret, Ecclesiastical History, 5.29

“On receiving information that Phoenicia was still suffering from the madness of the demons’ rites, John Chrysostom got together some monks fired with divine zeal and despatched them, armed with imperial edicts, against the idols’ shrines. He did not draw from the imperial treasury the money to pay the craftsmen and their assistants who were engaged in the work of destruction, but he persuaded certain faithful and wealthy women to make liberal contributions, pointing out to them how great would be the blessing their generosity would win. Thus the remaining shrines of the demons were utterly destroyed.” – Theodoret, Ecclesiastical History, 5.29


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