In Stone and Story

Early Christianity in the Roman World


Chapter 17: Piety & Pragmatism

Discussion Questions

  1. How does piety in the ancient pagan world differ from modern piety where you are from? How is it similar? What aspects of modern piety correspond to the lares of the ancient world?
  2. People wanted to be seen to show homage to various lares and deities. Why was this the case? How does this differ from modern worshipers today? In what ways is it similar?
  3. What may have been contentious about prominence of women in important roles within early Jesus groups? How does this differ from a modern Christian experience? How is it similar?