Larry Hurtado published his book Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2016) wherein he examined reasons why people converted to Christian at a rapid rate. One particular point he made was that Christians miracles, while not unique in the time, were a factor, but he asked why it was so without giving a probable explanation. Because he posed the question, I decided to take it up and expand upon it in what turned out to be a ten-page response that distinguished Christian miracles from pagan miracles in the book of Acts. You can read the entire paper here.
In my essay, I explain the basis of my study which begins by unveiling Hurtado’s points and focus of his own study. Then, I go on from there into Acts to show the distinct terms used of Christian miracles versus those wrought by heathens. The language itself, I argue, was enough to demonstrate that Christians believed their miracles were uniquely from God while those from others such as Simon Magus were simply magic. Happy reading.