Catholics/Pagan Converts


Are these statements true? It is important to remember Christianity was not a hit outside a small group of Jewish people, for the most part pagans adapted it. The pagans brought with them their beloved theatre, art, pageants, choirs, philosophy, science, mathematics, history, prejudice and superstitions. Christianity did not begin on a clean slate. Basically only through pagan tolerance and converted gentiles who escaped circumcision did Christianity survive in the pagan world. ( At the time of Constantine the Great only ten percent of the Roman empire was Christian.) Three quarters of the people in the Roman empire were illiterate. (100 AD to 400 AD) Using earlier collected popular orally transmitted stories as a foundation, modern scholars claim the four gospels were originally written entirely in [[Koine Greek]] 70 to 100 years after Jesus' life. Biblical scholars believe this illustrates the influence of the scholarship of the pagan Greek world.

Have you been able to read my five answers to your previous questions?  I have twice asked the tech support people to solve the problem that you were having.
I have also asked for this question to be emailed to me.
I have a brief reply:  Behind the written gospels [most agree they were written between 70 and 100 AD; so beginning a generation after the time of Jesus].
Before that, to explain the differences in wordings and the agreements, scholars conclude that oral and written traditions stemming from actual words and deeds of Jesus existed.  In an oral society, main dependence in teaching was based on hearing [not reading, which most people did not have had the chance or need to know].
I hope to hear that you have been able to read my previous answers and also to read this.  Please let me know.

As always, thanks and best wishes, Charles, for your understanding.


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Edward Bode


Catholic dogma, especially as related to Scripture. I have a doctorate in biblical theology [University of St. Thomas, Rome]. I do not answer questions concerning personal moral situations -- ones dealing with right and wrong [sin].


I have taught Catholic thought in grade and high schools, and in college and universities.

Catholic Biblical Association

Catholic Biblical Quarterly, The Bible Today.

Graduate degrees in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, in scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas; all in Rome

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