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Justin Martyr 92

Converted to the Faith

Justin MartyrNot only was the conversion of Early Christian Households the natural or even the necessary way of establishing the new religion in unfamiliar surroundings, but early Christian households remained the soundest basis for the meetings of Christians. In several cases, the preachers were entertained and begged to carry on their activities from that platform. Among the persons to whom greetings are sent in one letter, for instance, there are three sets representing full early Christian households, and two others apparently drawn from the inferior members of households whose heads are by implication not Christians. This latter phenomenon suggests some kind of looseness in the groups concerned, though it is still significant that even when detached from their group for religious reasons they remain a coherent body.

"Early Christian Households"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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