There were also a good many crypto-pagans among the educated population of the capital.
He exhibited severity and injustice when dealing with pagans and heretics.
It was at this juncture that Tertullian, the most famous theologian of the West, left the Church whose cause he had so manfully upheld against pagans and heretics.
This was the belief of the pagans, and the Christians for centuries shared it with them.
Lactantius preserves the answer of the pagans so attacked (De origine Erroris, ii.2): We do not, they said, fear the images themselves, but those beings after whose likeness they were fashioned and by whose names they were consecrated.