February 26, 2023

Paul on Mars Hill: An Apologetics Case Study

Paul’s time in Athens, and especially his message at Mars Hill (Ac. 17:16-34) powerfully showcases the apologetic method of the Early Church. In Luke’s telling of the story, Paul is, first, a student of Athenian culture and belief; second, a careful critic of that same culture and belief; and third, a clear exponent of the Gospel and how it speaks to the errors of paganism, offering something that satisfies the deepest spiritual, emotional, and intellectual yearnings of the human heart.

Scripture References: Acts 17:16-34, Romans 1:19-25, Job 12:7-9