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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

What Has Athens to Do With Jerusalem?

Discussing Greek influence on Christianity, liberal historian Arthur Nock wrote, "There is a difference between the Palestinian Gospel of Jesus and the Greek teaching of St. Paul… we can hardly fail to reject any notion of a complete and original revelation of Christianity as it was to be." This view is utterly incompatible with the belief that Christianity is true. There are similarities between Greek thought and Christianity. But, this does not mean that Christianity is a mere synthesis of Hebraic and Hellenic beliefs. When we discuss the ways in which Christianity is Greek, we do not discuss a compromise between Hellenic thought and the teachings of Jesus, but rather that which early Christians seized from the Greeks: the plundered Egyptian gold of Augustine. Christianity is Greek in what it has taken from the Greeks and sanctified for its own use.

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