Why did the early church grow so fast and so far? Tim Keller in his review of two recent books by Larry Hurtado gives three reasons:
- Christians were called into a unique social project that both offended and attracted people.
- Christianity offered a direct, personal, love relationship with the Creator God.
- Christianity offered assurance of eternal life.
He then goes on to apply these insights to what is happening today in our culture. He concludes: “The earliest church was seen as too exclusive and a threat to the social order because it would not honor all deities. Today Christian are again being seen exclusive and a threat to the social order because we will not honor all identities.”
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