“While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. … Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said:
“People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you”” (Acts 17:16, 22-23).
An unexpected ministry
I doubt Paul planned Athens in his missionary journey but (by providential direction) he landed a unique opportunity to stand before the elite philosophers of Athens at the meeting of the “Areopagus” (or, the Latin equivalent, “Mars Hill,” v.22).
The title “Areopagus” survives today as the title for the Greek Supreme Court.”
Paul’s opening statement
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