|Illustration by Judith Clingan|
"The Christianity that conquered the Roman Empire was essentially a home-centered movement."
"When the Greeks got the gospel, they turned it into a philosophy; when the Romans got it, they turned it into a government; when the Europeans got it, they turned it into a culture; and when the Americans got it, they turned it into a business."
One glaring difference between the original church that we claim to have restored and ourselves is that the first, second, third and even fourth century Christians did not meet in public buildings as we do. They met in homes for the first 275 years. That's longer than the United States has existed as a nation.