What were the appropriate Christian responses to the complexity of daily life presided over by the deities in Corinth, as portrayed in 1 Corinthians 8-1 Corinthians 10? This essay responds to this question by first describing the religious pluralism of Roman Corinth, which took for granted the legitimacy of all its many gods and many lords. Next, it examines the impact on Jews living in such pluralism; this is done to ascertain how adherents of the monotheistic religion from which Christianity sprang coped with the problems it posed, and to note rabbinic advice on how to live in the midst of it as pious Jews. The different reactions to religious pluralism by Corinthian Christians are assessed. Finally, Paul's solutions to the related pastoral problems are outlined and the church's theological and ethical responses to its world of religious pluralism are evaluated.
Source: Tyndale Bulletin, 1990. 18 pages.