Early Christianity and ‘Family’

“We have thereby papered over, indeed forgotten, how deeply ambiguous, even negative, the early church was about family. In his book The First Urban Christians, Wayne Meeks notes that pagan Roman society had no more cherished value than its belief in the primacy of the family. Every Roman institution had  its basis in the Roman family. There was no means of social advancement (other than the military) in ancient Rome other than marriage into a more superior family, because your family determined your status in life.” -William Willimon

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