A Compassionate Community: What did the Early Church teach that made Christians “Lovers of the Poor”?

By Dr. Rupen Das
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Recent scholarship has indicated the critical role that ministries of compassion had in church growth during the first five centuries. What has been lacking is an understanding of what the early church and Church Father taught that challenged the church to be compassionate. This article will look at the socioeconomic context(s) of the Early Church and then at the teaching of the church leaders on responding to the poor.


This is a peer reviewed Article

Article in Journal of European Baptist Studies
Volume #: 17
Issue #: 2
Pages: 31-46
Year: 2017


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