Historical Info

Plato and Socrates – Christians?

It may come as a surprise that many of the early Christian apologists viewed the Greek philosophers Plato and Socrates very highly.   Justin Martyr, in his First and Second Apologies (written mid-2nd century AD) mentions both philosophers many times, as do Tertullian and Athenagoras in their apologies of the same time period. But why?  Why would Christian authors, seeking to defend the …

Now for something a little different

I enjoy ancient history, particularly Greek and Roman history. One of the best books I’ve read is Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, which I had to read during my academic career when I was getting my BS in International Affairs and my MS in International Relations. It’s basically a required textbook for international affairs students, because Thucydides explores the …

Why are we so quick to discount the Bible?

Lately, I’ve been wondering why we’re so quick to discount the Bible.  What I mean by that is, so often, I hear people talk about things they believe were “cut out” of the Bible.  People have a fascination with the Gnostic “gospels” and with other apocryphal stories and seem to treat these with greater reverence than the Bible itself. For …

Early Christianity and Today

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I’ve been reading a book by Rodney Stark called “The Rise of Christianity.”  Stark is a sociologist by training, so he approaches the subject from this perspective.  He traces the rise of Christianity during the first few centuries AD. There are a number of points he makes that are thought-provoking for our present context.  Stark notes that the Roman culture …