Hurtado and Ehrman Suggest Miracles Aided Early Christianity’s Success
In his book, Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World Larry Hurtado suggested that miracles in early Christianity contributed to the faith’s success and subsequent growth. Nevertheless, Hurtado only mentions such while also highlighting how such wasn’t uncommon in antiquity. I have written more about Hurtado’s point derived from his book and an earlier lecture on the subject he delivered at Marquette University. You can read the entire essay of mine here.
Meanwhile, I have just received a copy of Bart Ehrman’s new book, The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World. Toward the close of chapter two, Ehrman writes:
They [pagans] saw, or more often heard about, miracles that authenticated the Christian message. Miracles led to faith. (p. 70)
I feel that both Hurtado’s and Ehrman’s point on miracles as a contributing factor to Christianity’s rise will need greater expounding upon as this field of study grows.