The Explosive growth of the Early Christian Church:
A common theme as we read the Roman historians was the explosive growth of Christianity despite the intense persecution they received. For example Tacitus wrote at the end of the first century:
“Christus”, from whom their name is derived, was executed at the hands of the procurator Pontius Pilate in the reign of Tiberius. Checked for the moment, this pernicious superstition again broke out, not only in Judea, the source of the evil, but even in Rome, that receptacle for everything that is sordid and degrading from every quarter of the globe
The question raised by this historical evidence is: why did Christianity break out a second time?
Why didn’t this movement fade into nothing just like hundreds of other failed messiahs of the same era?