Author Shawn Nelson (February 2013) Overview The early Christian church was heavily influenced by Plato, and the effects of Plato’s teaching can still be seen within Christianity today. This is particularly true when it comes to the topic of heaven. Many Christians today would be surprised to learn that they hold a Platonic view of … Continue reading Christianity’s Platonic Heaven
Many Christians believe that their view of God is derived solely from the Bible. We would never suspect that the roots of our belief in a triune God comes, not from Scripture, but from Greek philosophy. Nor could we imagine that the respected early Church Fathers were to blame for synthesizing pagan philosophy, such as … Continue reading How Plato Influenced Our View of God!
In the article, “Early Christians Had a Great Hope” we provided many quotes from the earliest Christian apologists - martyrs describing the Christian hope handed down to the early Christians by the Apostles. It was not an eternal destiny in heaven, but the resurrection of the physical body and an eternal inheritance in the Land … Continue reading The Pagan Hope of Heaven Infects the Churches