Five Distinctions of Early Christianity

by Dewayne Bryant

When it first appeared, Christianity must have seemed like a strange religion. Christians had very different concerns and behaviors from their pagan neighbors. Some modern scholars assert that Christianity does not easily fit the ancient pagan definition of religion as practiced in the Roman Empire. It was so unusual by Roman standards that the authorities labeled it a superstitio—a dangerous superstition—once they understood it well enough to distinguish it from Judaism. What made Christianity so distinctive?…
 

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