What was it like to be a Christian in the first century? What was it like to go to church in Antioch with Barnabas, in Corinth with Apollos, or in Rome with Priscilla and Aquilla? It’s a fascinating question because it is a complex question. There is the danger of forgetting the differences, assuming that things “now” were only a little different to how they were “back then.” The reality is that things were different, very different. Let me list some of the ways.
I know something I often have a hard time teaching to students in History is that for pre-Modern peoples, religion was not a discrete part of personality carried out in isolation, but integrated into your wider reality and perception of the world.
Very helpful!! Thank you, Michael for introducing us to some things I have not heard before!! Gives me a new understanding!