Magicians The early Christians were derided by this name. Celsus and others pretended that our Savior, because he wrought miracles, practiced magic, which he had learned in Egypt. Augustine speaks of a popular belief among the enemies of the Christian faith that our Savior had written books on magic, which he delivered to Peter and Paul for the use of his disciples. One of the Roman historians calls the Christians genus hominum superstitionis malificae, which may be understood to mean "men of the magical superstitions." In the martyrdom of Agnes, the people cried out, "Away with the sorceress! Away with the enchantress!"