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Tact and Common Ground

In verses 22-31, Paul models tact within the context of debate.

He doesn’t chew out the Athenians for their many idols.  Rather, he begins his gospel explanation by finding common ground with them.

Many aren’t convinces and still think he’s crazy, but at least Paul is polite and able to engage some people in further discussions.

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Philosophers v. Paul

In verses 16-21, we read about Paul’s run in with a group of Athenian philosophers.

Their reaction is very similar to the reaction of many Americans to Christians today.

Outline of Paul & Silas’s Travels in Acts 17

1) Thessalonica
2) Berea
3) Athens
To an Unknown God

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