Christian morality was irreducibly communal and social. According to the Gospels, Jesus did not tell his listeners to believe whatever they wished to believe as individuals, or to follow him only in their private thoughts and interior sentiments but in concrete, public, shared human life. On the contrary, a shared, social life of faith, hope, love, humility, patience, self-sacrifice, forgiveness, compassion, service and generosity was Christianity. It was the Gospel concretized and enacted. It was not something called ‘religion,’ distinguished from the rest of life, but rather all of life lived in a certain way.

– Brad S. Gregory, The Unintended Reformation (2012)

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