A closer look reveals that Paul was not building bridges to the popular culture on Mars Hill. Touchstone senior editor Russell D. Moore uses what Paul really said there to suggest how Christians might engage American culture.
Paul did not start speaking in Athens with a “common ground” idea of a generic god, and then reason along to Jesus. He started with the gospel of Jesus of Nazareth, proclaiming among the Gentile philosophers exactly what he had proclaimed among the Jewish rabbis: that God had raised him from the dead. Where Paul starts is also where he ends: with the guarantee that God will bring about judgment found in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead (Acts 17:31).
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