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Free Speech When No One is Listening

August 2nd, 2023 | 11 min read

By Derek King

When Paul stood before the Areopagus, he began his speech to the Athenians on common ground: “I see how extremely religious you are in every way” (Acts 17:22). His message was new and radical. The unknown God who sat on their pagan altars was, in fact, a crucified Jew from Nazareth. Despite the novelty, Paul saw their religion as a starting point from which to have the conversation.  

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Derek King

Derek King is the Scholar-in-Residence at Lewis House, a Christian Study Center on the University of Kentucky campus.