Catherine Nixey, The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World
(London: Macmillan, 2017), p. 226:
Christian preachers, however, were intransigent. They, they said, were answerable to a higher power
than the mere law of the land. Their eye was upon heaven. As they reminded their flocks, it was not the
law of some imperial bureaucrat that mattered. It was the law of God. Anything that saved a soul — even if
it did so at the expense of law, order or even the body that that soul inhabited — was an acceptable act. To
attack the houses, bodies and temples of those afflicted by the 'pagan error' was not to harm these sinners
but to help them. This was not brutality. This was kindness, education, reformation.