- William Mayor added an answer:In what ways and to what extent did both Hebrew and Roman culture help shape early Christianity?Since context is a fundamental aspect of obtaining a genuine understanding about ideas and traditions, I'm curious about the extent to which the early Church fathers and early Christian community adhered to existing norms within Hebrew and Roman culture/society. Influence is often a two-way street, in that ideas produced by a particular source can spread throughout and influence society, while at the same time becoming reactions to the social environment of the time.I would also note that the earliest history of the church makes the most sense, at least to me, if we view it as more a political movement rather than a theological one. To my mind, Luke (or the author of Luke/Acts) actively tried to downplay the political nature of earliest Christianity as a result of seeing the outcome of the political approach, that is Christians being brutally tortured for political reasons. The timing and location of the persecutions, as well as other factors, suggest that politics was the crucial factor in these first years, and that the Roman government never forgot that.
One simple example would be the language Paul used in his epistles. This language borrows heavily from the language used to describe the Caesars, and applies it to Jesus. As theologians we tend not to see this as a political statement anymore because we have been trained not to. However, in the first century, this would have been obvious political language, as would be "ecclesia" for describing the church. Again this was a political term, not a theological one, in the first century.Following
- Peter White, PhD added an answer:What is the role of the Baptism and Infilling of the Holy Spirit in Missions and Church growth in the pentecostal view?What is the role of the Baptism and Infilling of the Holy Spirit in Missions and Church growth in the pentecostal view?Thank you brotherFollowing
- Konstantinos Mantas added an answer:Did women in early church say Mass?Role of women in the early ChurchDr Kirtata's article <
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