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"Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was
being provoked within him as he was beholding the city full of idols. 
So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing
Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to
be present.  And also some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers
were conversing with him. And some were saying, 'What would this idle babbler
wish to say?' Others, 'He seems to be a proclaimer of strange deities,'--
because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection.  And they took
him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, 'May we know what this new
teaching is which you are proclaiming?  For you are bringing some strange
things to our ears; we want to know therefore what these things mean.'
 (Now all the Athenians and the strangers visiting there used to spend
their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.) 
And Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, 'Men of Athens,
I observe that you are very religious in all respects.  For while I
was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found
an altar with this inscription, 'TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.' What therefore you
worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you.  The God who made the
world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does
not dwell in temples made with hands;  neither is He served by human
hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all life
and breath and all things;  and He made from one, every nation of mankind
to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed
times, and the boundaries of their habitation,  that they should seek
God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not
far from each one of us;  for in Him we live and move and exist, as
even some of your own poets have said, 'For we also are His offspring.'
 Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine
Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and
thought of man.  Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance,
God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent,  because
He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through
a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising
Him from the dead.'
It would be impossible for me to overstate the importance of Acts 17 in understanding a postmodern approach to evangelism and apologetics. If your heartbeat is for the evangelization of our community and world, please join me in paying particular attention to this text. First, please notice how close the Athenian culture of Paul's day is to our contemporary culture.
Look at verse 16. "Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was being provoked within him as he was beholding the city full of idols." The idolatry and paganism of their culture turned Paul's stomach, or to be more accurate, "provoked his spirit." Athens was an accommodating, inclusive place. One god was as good as another, so they built idols to all of them they could name and even to those they couldn't (vs. 23). Like today, their primary doctrine was tolerance. Have you noticed that tolerance embraces every perceptive, and encourages everyone to speak, unless the speaker wishes to make an exclusive claim.
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