George A. Sprecace M.D., J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New London, P.C.

St. Paul, the Apostle: The mortar for St. Peter's "Rock"

Whether for Christians, Jews, or other non-Catholics, no understanding of a World Religion with over one billion members can be approached without some knowledge of St. Paul.  An excellent book to assist in this study is "In Search Of Paul", by John Dominic Crossan and Jonathan L. Reed (Harper San Francisco, 2004).  The following are a few insights from that book.

St. Paul's view of his mission on behalf of Jesus can be no better summarized by this excerpt from his First Letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 2:1-5) (uniformly acknowledged as authentically Paul's):

"When I came to you, brothers and sisters, proclaiming the mystery of God, I did not come with sublimity of words or of wisdom.  For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.  I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling, and my message and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of Spirit and power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God."


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