Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Tertullian (c.160-215) writes the following regarding the extent to which Christians had engaged the surrounding culture like so much yeast leavening a loaf:

We are but of yesterday, and we have filled every place among you—cities, islands, fortresses, towns, market-places, the very camp, tribes, companies, palace, senate, forum—we have left nothing to you but the temples of your gods.

Rather than retreating from the world in fear of being contaminated, these early Christians were in and among the world seasoning the culture by proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ.

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