Dale Tuggy

Dale Tuggy is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he teaches courses in analytic theology, philosophy of religion, religious studies, and the history of philosophy.


  1. Podcasts on “Destroyer” | Larry Hurtado's Blog
    September 20, 2016 @ 8:43 am

    […] in the Roman World, in a couple of podcast interviews on a site hosted by Dale Tuggy here and […]

  2. Rivers
    September 6, 2016 @ 9:57 am


    I thought this podcast with Hurtado was an interesting interpretation of the socio-policitcal circumstances and issues that might have been pertinent to the daily lives of some of the earliest Christians.

    However, from a biblical perspective, I think it’s evident that the apostolic churches were being troubled by their law-zealous Jewish opponents (who were denying that Jesus was the Christ) and not their Roman neighbors. There is little (if any) indication that the apostles were concerned about portraying the worship of Jesus as a stark contrast to ordinary Roman religious life.

    One can find substantial evidence (especially in the Gospels and Acts) that the apostolic writers portrayed the Roman world in a positive light. For example, Jesus doesn’t forbid paying taxes to Caesar and there are Roman officials who are commended for having greater faith than most of the Jews. Moreover, it is the Roman government that continually secures the safety of the Apostle Paul while he is in Jerusalem and takes the gospel throughout the synagogues of the Empire.

    • Roman
      September 9, 2016 @ 5:04 am

      Dr Hurtado was talking about history including all the data not just the New testament time/documents.

      • Rivers
        September 9, 2016 @ 8:45 am


        Yes, but I got the impression he was trying to make it seem relevant to the apostolic era (with the occasional references to scripture). Something that was “history” several hundred years later isn’t necessarily consistent with what we find in the biblical data.

        • hwl
          September 17, 2016 @ 10:26 am

          The New Testament literature only covers the period up to end of 1st century. The academic study of early Christianity covers 1st to about 4th century. The pagan critics of Christianity call them “haters of mankind,” and “atheists”were relevant from 2nd century onwards, not “several hundred years”.

          • Rivers
            September 19, 2016 @ 8:21 am


            Even if it was only a couple generations later, it isn’t relevant to the apostolic era. Nobody was calling anyone in the apostolic churches a “hater of mankind” or an “atheist.”