Many people today feel a lack of control. What we find in these early centuries is that there is a variety of responses among those early followers of Jesus as well. An interview with Dr. Deborah Saxon.
When Perpetua, like so many of the early martyrs in these ancient stories, declared, “I am Christian,” what she really declared was, “I belong to the party of the Christ.”
"Orthodoxy glorifies martyrs. So the stories of women martyrs are lifted up, but women who speak up or stand up in any other way are criticized and challenged." An Interview with Deb Saxon, PhD.