Christians in the Roman world found themselves in a cultural setting of moral decadence, philosophical relativism and religious pluralism. However, they narrated the world in a new way. They did not accommodate the faith to the culture but set forth the faith in a countercultural way. In a world that had no set beliefs, they proclaimed, “We believe.” In a world that had no ethic, they proclaimed, “We behave.” In a world where there was no belonging, they declared, “We belong.”
Robert E. Webber, Who Gets to Narrate the World?: Contending for the Christian Story in an Age of Rivals, 51.