Greek European Culture

Church of Greece, Europe - West, Greek history, Greek Language, Orthodox Christianity

Sharing a Life – from ancient Greece to Christian communities


  1. Nithyananda Nathan

    Thanks Ellopos for your answer. It still does not fully address my question: what was the motivating factor or factors or philosophy that engendered the Greeks to share their life with one another and not be individualistic. I am keen to learn more about the source of this rich cultural term Koinonia which St Paul transformed into a religious phenomenon.

  2. Are you sure you’re asking the right question? Speaking about the ancient Greek polis I tried to emphasize precisely this, that the factor is the polis itself. Do not search for external reasons: people create philosophy and religion, not the opposite, which is the reason why the same religion fails to give the same results in the life of different peoples.

  3. Irene

    Dear Ellopos,
    Thank God for the Greeks and Greek culture. And thank God for the Jews and Jewish culture. Saint Paul the Apostle thought that these and other nationalities were not so important as being what he called “a new Creation”.
    Please excuse me to point out something that seems to me not correct in you initial answer:
    “It was the ancient Greeks that accepted the new faith and spread the New Testament to East and West, transforming the Roman empire, so that an understanding of Christianity without knowing essential elements of the ancient Greek life is impossible.”

    Yes there were the Greeks but there were also many Hebrews who accepted and spread the new faith as is obvious from the New Testament. May we see a renewed cooperation between people from different nations to do all that is good and pleasing.