Paul and his use of Greek Philosophy

Further to my previous posts on why the early Christians adopted metaphysical explanations for their beliefs; and whether God’s infinitude is unscriptural, see this post on the influence of Greek philosophy and literature on St. Paul:

Bible things in Bible ways

Out of the 27 books, epistles and letters that make up the New Testament, 13 have been authored by the Apostle Paul (This does not include the book of Hebrews which some believe he wrote). One of the most influential people in the 1st Century Church, a former Pharisee, he took the gospel or Good news of our Messiah to the Greek speaking world of his day. This was no easy task. The peoples of Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Phillipi, Colosse & Thessalonica which he wrote to, were all part of the Greek speaking world educated in Greek literature and philosophy, with their own gods, traditions and opinions.

If you have read Paul’s epistles, inevitably, a thought such as “Why is Paul so hard to understand?” would have crossed your mind at some point. It is true that some of his letters are not that easy to read…

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  1. Pingback: Is philosophy necessary to Christianity? | Petty Armchair Popery

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