From the dust jacket:
Many cities and provinces mentioned in the New
Testament were pivotal
centers for the early spread of the gospel.
In these cities the gospel
experienced both many triumphs and
setbacks. Jerusalem and Antioch, on
the one hand, were cities where faith abounded among Christians and from which tne gospel pushed out to the ends of the earth.
Corinth and Ephesus, on the other hand,
presented the disciples of Jesus with
serious threats to faith and morals
because of the encroachment of Judaism
and paganism, and in these cities the faith of many Christians floundered and their steps faltered. Thus, in these cities we today can see how the apostles of Christ took advantage of their opportunity to evangelize the world and to stem the resurgent tide of intellectual and moral infidelity.
The aim of this year's lectureship is to look more closely into the cultural, social, and moral impact of these New Testament geographical centers than has been done in any previous Florida College lectureship. We believe that such a study will be helpful to those who use this volume.
century Christians in many ways won the world to Christ, yet far too many Christians were in turn won by
the world. Because Christians of the twentieth century are confronted with the same
challenges their forefathers faced, the metropolitan areas of this century become our centers of faith and faltering.