ABSTRACT

This chapter describes how Paul presented the case of Christianity to the pagan world. It is of great interest to reflect on what would probably be the gospel, or good tidings, offered to pagans during the first century of the Christian era. After a perusal of other New Testament writings we are on the whole rather surprised at the tolerance with which Jews both inside and outside Palestine regarded early Christian propaganda. The early Christians did not in all probability, when they found themselves in touch with pagans, specially emphasise the difference between the creeds but rather their essential similarity. In 354 the Roman Church commenced to observe December 25th as the birthday of Jesus. There seems no doubt that the date was chosen as being the traditional birthday of the Sun God, who, being supposed to have been dead throughout the winter solstice, is reborn on the following day and then commences his progress northwards through the heavens.