The History of the Catholic Church

Chapter 1: Scott Hahn – Saint Paul: Persecutor to Apostle


Scott Hahn – Saint Paul: Persecutor to Apostle


Film Focus: In this video from the St. Paul Center, Scott Hahn discusses the importance of the figure of St. Paul in the history of the Catholic Church. He explains how St. Paul went from a fervent persecutor of Christians to a faithful missionary who overcame his previous objections.


Text Focus: Pages 18, 1923


Discussion Questions:


1.   Scott Hahn says that Paul “is the most thoroughly converted man in history.”

Why does he say this? Do you agree? Why or why not?

2.  This video discusses conversion as an ongoing process. How have you experienced conversion as ongoing in your own life?

3.  Summarize and discuss the three reasons why Saul was such a fierce persecutor of the early Christians.

4.  How does Philippians 2:5-11 review and answer St. Paul’s earlier objections?

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