What do I think of Wilken’s book on how Romans viewed the Christians? Let’s talk about it on Deeper Waters.
Wilken’s book has been seen as a classic in the field on investigating what were the opinions of the Romans on the Christians that goes from Pliny all the way to Julian the Apostate.
As one goes through the book, they see that over time, attitudes change as the Roman Empire has to get used to the growing Christian church. For Pliny and Tacitus, it was just this bizarre little group and hopefully it will go away before too long. For Celsus, it was a threat to true religion that needed to be dealt with. For Porphyry, it was here to stay, but let’s try and make it fit into the Roman system.
Let’s start with Pliny. Pliny saw the Christians as people who were practicing a bizarre superstition. In…
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