There were also a good many crypto-pagans among the educated population of the capital.
As the attendance at his classes continually increased - pagans thronging; to him as well as Christians - he handed over the beginners to his friend Heracles, and took charge of the more advanced pupils himself.
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.