In AD 150, a Christian lawyer writes about a debate between a Christian and a non-Christian. The non-Christian is using philosophy to argue against Christianity and doing so spitefully. The debate describes the Christian winning the argument with the simple proofs of the Gospel even though the non-Christian was less than gracious. It seems that nothing is new in the new age. We see the same debate today and we still see the philosopher just as ungracious against the Gospel even though salvation is still simple and still attractive.
Nothing has changed, and we should not be surprised. Satan is as angry today as he was in AD150.
In the Latin-speaking West, in Rome, the Christian lawyer Minucius Felix had employed similar tactics as early as c. ad 150... In the dialogue, a non-Christian and a Christian debate the truthfulness of the Christian faith, and in a final comment Minucius praises the Christian, because he had succeeded in ‘parrying spiteful critics with their own weapons, with the arrows of philosophers, and had shown the truth to be so simple as well as so attractive’.23
 Thiede, C. P. (2004). The cosmopolitan world of Jesus : New findings from archaeology (110). London: SPCK.
Published on Friday, August 8, 2014 @ 4:24 AM CDT