Monday, February 8, 2010

Engagement with an intellectual forum

The sermon at church yesterday was on Acts 17, where Paul gives a speech on the "unknown god" at the Areopagus in Athens. This is the place where, "All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas."

I found the sermon outline helpful. Paul declared that the "unknown" God is
  • creator of everything
  • sustainer of everything
  • sovereign over everything
  • Judge of everyone
This God has revealed himself and raised Jesus from the dead.
There are three common and distinct responses: mock, muse, or marvel.

Aside: on the actual site today there is a plaque commemorating the speech.

I got the image from here, where you can also see pictures of the site, including the view of Mars Hill from the Acropolis.

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