Christianity was a radical movement in many ways. Its unique theology made it enough of an offense to warrant harsh skepticism but it was its erasure of class distinctions that made it especially grievous.
Would the incarnation of God be as widely accepted in the ancient world as it is today?
The Christian faith did not begin in an obscure town or from a nameless face in history. It placed itself in the centre of history’s religious narrative and made some astounding connections. Why is this such a powerful apologetic?
What kind of servant are we to Christ? What do our works really accomplish?
Could the ethics of the Christian faith be yet another obstacle it had to overcome in the ancient world?
The ancients didn’t take too fondly to the new religion, but what often goes without being said is that the new religion was rejected, in part, on account of its very novelty.
How could the place of Christ’s birth be a valuable piece of evidence for the historicity of His resurrection?
How does the humility of Jesus play a role in our investigation of His resurrection? Why should we consider it an exemplary piece of evidence?Continue reading “The Social Factor: The Ethical Association”
How was the crucifixion of Jesus Christ looked upon in the 1st century?
Was the Christian movement well received and respected by its social peers? If not, how did it survive?
What purpose did Paul have in mentioning the 500 witnesses in 1 Corinthians 15? Do we have any reason to believe these people ever existed?
If Jesus teaches that a house divided against itself cannot stand, how can the non-believers mention Matthew 17:22 perform miracles and cast out demons?
Could the rise of Christianity be explained by a supposed evil twin who had impersonated Jesus following His crucifixion? Is this a viable theory or a disastrous rationale?
Can the rise of Christianity be explained by the occurrence of hallucinations? Were the disciples only seeing things that weren’t really there?
Can the rise of Christianity be explained by the spread of a lie? Is the Christian faith nothing more than an elaborate conspiracy?