The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas: Paul's Mars Hill Experience for Our Pluralistic World

The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas: Paul's Mars Hill Experience for Our Pluralistic World


By (author) Paul Copan, By (author) Kenneth D Litwak

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  • Publisher: IVP Academic
  • Format: Paperback | 197 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 229mm x 18mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 5 June 2014
  • ISBN 10: 0830840435
  • ISBN 13: 9780830840434
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, figures
  • Sales rank: 649,199

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Our world is multicultural, multireligious, multiphilosophical. It ranges from fundamental monotheism to do-it-yourself spirituality to strident atheism. How can Christians engage in communicating across worldviews in this pluralistic and often relativistic society? When Paul visited Athens, he found an equally multicultural and multireligious setting. From Jews to Gentiles, elite to poor, slaves to slave owners, from olive-skinned Gentiles to dark-skinned Ethiopians the Greco-Roman world was a dynamic mixture. Religious practices were also wide and varied, with the imperial cult of emperor worship being the most prominent. Many also frequented the temples for the traditional Greek pantheon, and participated in the secret rituals of the mystery religions. Seeking to embolden the church's witness in today's society, philosopher Paul Copan and New Testament scholar Kenneth Litwak show how Paul's speech to the Athenians (found in Acts 17) provides a practical model for Christians today. The authors encourage Christians to "be more biblically informed, culturally astute, and creatively engaged to winsomely challenge the idols of our time and to point contemporary Athenians beyond 'an unknown God' to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."

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"Imagine Paul preaching in first-century Athens. Now imagine stepping into Paul's shoes and proclaiming the gospel in the twenty-first-century Western world. In this thought-provoking book, a Christian apologist and a New Testament scholar join forces to read Luke's famous story of Paul on Mars Hill, and the result is as compelling as it is remarkable. Copan and Litwak issue a robust invitation for God's people to read Scripture and our increasingly post-Christian world together in the service of communicating well the good news."--Joel B. Green, professor of New Testament interpretation, Fuller Theological Seminary