I am currently working through Christians as the Romans Saw them for a class on the general epistles. The book is thought provoking, and I will be spending time on this blog alongside my other topics dealing with this book. In the second chapter of the book, Wilken deals with the idea that Christianity might be a type of early haeteria “society” that was common during the centuries after Christ. He compares them especially to the bacchic society that also met for meals, had initiation rights, and other such things. He notes that many of the early Christian apologists argued that Christianity was a “society” just like all the other societies of that day and age, but the apologists would argue that Christianity was the greatest society of all.
Interesting how Christians have always used the language of their day to argue for or against Christianity.