"The notion that Christianity was a religion of outcasts in the Roman Empire is totally erroneous. One need only peruse the Roman Missal and observe the social background of the early Martyrs to see that Christians could be found in all layers of society — among the patricians, the families of senators, the emperor’s family, among actors and intellectuals. Nobody can maintain that the early Fathers of the Church were mostly simpleminded illiterates. Ignatius of Antioch, Tatian, Justin, Origen, Tertullian, Cyprian, Clement of Rome, Lactantius, Minucius Felix, Clement of Alexandria, Polycarp of Smyrna, Irenaeus, and Novatian were first rate intellectuals, spiritual men — and certainly not ‘social reformers.’ A religion of slaves undermining an aristocratic-heroic commonwealth: This picture is totally unhistorical. But there always will be a certain breed of ‘conservatives’ with a pagan-heroic outlook who are prone to see in Christianity a weak, unmanly faith of crybabies."
— Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Leftism: From de Sade and Marx to Hitler and Marcuse