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I have sought to demonstrate that the objections facing traditional Christianity are many and cogent. Hence, its probability as a world view is very low and the amount of faith required to sustain it is very high.
- I assert that much of the faith required of a modern believer is entirely incremental to that expected of those to whom the Christian message was first delivered. To the original hearers, Christianity would have appeared much more reasonable.
- We must not forget the aspect of initial unfamiliarity, however. The Cross may have been a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Greeks, but its edge has been blunted by nearly 2,000 years of cultural familiarity.
- Also, this is not to suggest that the exercise of faith today displays greater virtue than that of the early saints, for a number of reasons:-
- Firstly, belief contrary to evidence is not virtuous.
- Secondly, belief is no longer associated with persecution (at least not in the comfortable West).
- Finally, many of the original objections to the Christian faith and its practise are no longer felt : for instance, we are no longer perplexed by someone's refusal to sacrifice to the genius of the Emperor (as was Pliny), rather the reverse.
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