Wayne Meeks on the significance of the first Christians moral world

‘It was not only that Christians, wherever they lived, were under certain pressures from without to conform to the patterns of the larger society. Those patterns were part of themselves, part of who they were, how they thought and how they felt…

The Christians whose moral formation we are trying to understand lived in the world of the early Roman empire, and that world also lived in them: in their thinking, in their language, in their relationships.’

Wayne A. Meeks, The Moral World of the First Christians. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1986. p.13

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