Christians as the Romans Saw them – 4

This chapter deals mainly with the second century philosopher Galen.  Earlier Roman statesmen such as Pliny viewed Christianity as a kind of socio-political club.  Galen, however, shifted the paradigm slightly be referring to Christianity as a “philosophy” and looked somewhat favorably on Christians and Jews because he believed it allowed people to live a moral and virtuous life.  By the second century, much of philosophy was about a way of life as opposed to way of thinking.   Galen also had one major problem with Christians/Jews of his day.

Galen thought their beliefs were foolish and that they were not thought out.  He especially criticized creation ex nihilo.


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