“To An Unknown God” (Special Podcast Highlight)

Sharing the faith can be scary in a world that is so opposed to objective truth. Yet, you’re called to do it!

Cale Clarke examines the electrifying preaching of St. Paul in Athens, as detailed in Acts 17. It’s a how-to guide for evangelizing in a world that feels increasingly foreign and secular. Yes, even in our modern “post-Christian” society, Paul’s approach in Athens gives us golden nuggets on how to engage with a culture that might look at Christianity like it’s ancient Greek!

 

Check out the whole hour here!

 

🏛️ Setting the Scene: Imagine St. Paul in Athens, a city brimming with idols and philosophical chatter. Paul is not just taking in the sights; he’s stirred to his core, provoked by the rampant idolatry. This isn’t just a casual observation; it’s a divine disruption.

 

🗣️ Paul at the Areopagus: He steps up in this public space, surrounded by Epicurean and Stoic philosophers who are probably expecting some low-tier spiritual gossip. Instead, St. Paul delivers a masterclass in communication. He connects with the Athenians by acknowledging their religiosity, pointing to an altar inscribed “To an Unknown God.” Here, Paul flips the script, introducing them to the “unknown” God who is actually known and knowable—the Creator of all, calling all to seek Him.

 

🤔 Paul’s Rhetoric – A Lesson in Evangelization: St. Paul’s approach? He meets people where they are but takes them where they need to go. He respects his audience’s intellect and spiritual hunger, using their own cultural elements (like the inscription) to bridge to the Gospel. It’s not about watering down the faith; it’s about making it accessible and compelling.

 

🌐 Why This Matters Today: Cale Clarke draws a stark parallel between the ancient Athenian culture and today’s “pagan” environment. We’re surrounded by modern-day idols (hello, consumerism and social media!), and just like St. Paul, we’re called to engage—not disengage. Whether it’s through media or our daily interactions, the mission is clear: bring Christ into the culture, with clarity and charity.

 

🔥 Takeaway: St. Paul preaching in Athens is a strategic guide for us, the modern-day faithful. In a world hungry for truth but distracted by the new, our challenge is to present the timeless Gospel in a way that resonates, challenges, and transforms.

 

🙌 And remember… Just like Paul, we may face mockery or indifference, but also like Paul, our call is to persist, knowing some will hear and embrace the message. We’re not just talking about history; we’re living it, and we’re shaping it, one conversation at a time. So, let’s get out there and evangelize like it’s AD 50 in Athens! 

Cale Clarke is the host of both The Cale Clarke Show and The Faith Explained on Relevant Radio. On The Faith Explained, Cale dives deep into Scriptures, the Catechism and Sacred Tradition to bring an in-depth look at what the Catholic Church Believes. On the Cale Clarke Show, Cale unpacks how a Catholic perspective affects the nitty-gritty of everyday life. He also looks at what's happening in the culture through a Catholic Lens.