Jesus’ Revolution

“Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (blessed are the poor in spirit and the pure in heart, the meek and the merciful), his touching of lepers, and his association with outcasts and sinners were fundamentally at odds with the way the Greek and Roman worlds viewed life, where social status was everything.

“Christianity placed charity at the center of its spiritual life as no pagan cult ever had,” according to the theologian David Bentley Hart, “and raised the care of widows, orphans, the sick, the imprisoned, and the poor to the level of the highest of religious obligations.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/25/opinion/the-christmas-revolution.html?emc=edit_th_20151225&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=68143430&_r=

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