Rome Archive

Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Standing Together in the Battle for Life and Truth – Day 2

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast Hank contrasts the ancient city of Rome and its fall, with modern America; underscoring that the crumbling of our society is ultimately not due to pagans, but rather Christians who are failing to be salt and light. To this effect, Hank urges listeners to become monthly supporters of the […]

Who is the Antichrist?

For centuries Christians have speculated about the identity of Antichrist. Likely candidates have included princes and popes of the past as well as potentates and presidents in the present. Rather than joining the sensationalistic game of pin–the–tail–on–the–Antichrist, Christians need only go to Scripture to find the answer. First, the apostle John exposed the identity of […]

Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume32, number2 (2009). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Tertullian, the toughest and most uncompromising of early church fathers, once asked a question that is still with us today: What has Athens to do with Jerusalem? That is […]

The Myth of the “Dark Ages of Christianity” is No Laughing Matter

Most of you listening to my voice right now can remember exactly where you were when you first heard the tale of Christopher Columbus and his raw courage in the face of mutinous sailors who were in mortal terror of sailing over the edge of a flat earth. Who among us is not familiar with […]

What Think Ye of Rome

Was The New Testament Influenced by Pagan Philosophy?

SummaryMany college students still encounter outdated charges that first century Christianity and the New Testament were heavily influenced by pagan philosophical systems. Prominent among such claims are the following: (1) elements of Plato’s philosophy appear in the New Testament; (2) the New Testament reflects the influence of Stoicism; and (3) the ancient Jewish philosopher Philo […]

Was the New Testament Influenced by Philo?

The following is an excerpt from Christian Research Journal article DA242 by Ronald Nash. The full article is available by clicking the link below. At the beginning of the Christian era, Alexandria, Egypt — an important center of the Jewish Dispersion — had become the chief center of Hellenistic thought. The large colony of Jews […]

Was the New Testament Influenced by Stoicism?

Stoicism was the most important philosophical influence on cultured people during the first century A.D. Stoic philosophers were materialists, pantheists, and fatalists: they believed that everything that exists is physical or corporeal in nature and that every existing thing is ultimately traceable back to one ultimate universal stuff that is divine. They thought that God […]