February 14, 2021
In biblical times, Athens was an architecturally magnificent, philosophically sophisticated, and morally decadent city. When the apostle Paul arrived there, he found it spiritually confused and full of idols, so he began proclaiming Jesus and the resurrection in the synagogues and in the marketplace. Alistair Begg examines how Paul’s message was received by the city’s Epicurean and Stoic philosophers, exploring how their ancient attempts at understanding life continue to be prolific today and ultimately remain only answerable in the Gospel.
16Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. 17So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. 18Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, “What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. 19And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.” 21Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.
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