Corinthian Distractions

Friday, 24 Aug 2007

Instead of taking a marketing survey of Corinthian attitudes and developing a gospel that would address "felt needs," he told them what the real needs were, whether they felt them or not.
The commercial capitol of Greece, Corinth was the quintessence of metropolitan sophistication in the region. Athens was the center of academic life, but the practical Corinthians liked to think that they were up on the latest ideas, too. Temple prostitution was big business at the shrine of Aphrodite (goddess of love). Down the street was the shrine of Asclepius, the god of healing. In fact, even decades later, after all of the twelve pagan temples were converted to churches in Corinth, the healing shrine continued to be frequented. The purpose of Paul's letters to the Corinthian ...

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