"Androcles and the Lion" (ShawChicago): Talented Lion is Too Big for Its Cage!

#25. ShawChicago presents Androcles and the Lion.  The Romans like a good game.  The coliseum packs the spectators in to watch death by lion. The prey is Christians.  When the Christians decide to not fight back, the sport loses its competitive edge.  The martyrs are ruining the entertainment value.  Caesar doesn’t know what to do.  The crowds want a real tournament.  But the Christians are becoming pacifists.  And a slave is even championing lion rights. In the arena, the lion remembers the slave’s act of kindness.  Game over!   Androcles and the Lion is a thorny look at the origins of the Roman Catholic Church.

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