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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.”