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SUPPORTING THE POOR


In a 1998 article in Christian History magazine, Rodney Stark said: "In a world lacking social services, Christians were their brothers' keepers. At the end of the second century AD, Tertullian wrote that while pagan temples spend their donations "on feasts and drinking bouts," Christians spent theirs "to support and bury poor people, to supply the wants of boys and girls destitute of means and parents, and of old persons confined to the house." These claims concerning Christian charity were confirmed by pagans as well. The pagan Emperor Julian complained, "The impious Galileans (Christians) support not only their poor, but ours as well."

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