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St Paul Monuments is drawn from Chapter Six, beginning on page 186, of Volume One, The Veil is Torn of the twelve-volume historical series The Christians: Their First Two Thousand Years. If you would like to order this book please visit

Paul of Tarsus lives on around us

St Paul Monuments - ‘Death, where is thy sting?’

St Paul Monuments - ‘Death, where is thy sting?’
In an historic photo, St. Paul’s of London, Christopher Wren’s cathedral, shines through the fire and fury of the Blitzkrieg.

The Christian foundation of American history, culture, and geography escapes the conscious awareness of many Americans. If a pollster were to ask the citizens of Minnesota, for instance, whether they could see any connection between, say, the biblical First Epistle to the Corinthians and their own state, how many, you wonder, would be able to say that the man who wrote the epistle also provided the name for their state capital city, St. Paul?

The fact is that there is probably a St. Paul’s church in almost every city and town in the western world. The Times Atlas of the World lists sixty-one places named either St. Paul or San Pablo, while the Library of Congress lists 742 works under the subject heading of his name.

Commercial activity, too, finds many uses for his name, either directly or through the name of some city or institution. The Manhattan telephone directory has sixteen listings under St. Paul, including three insurance companies, a film center and a book store. Chicago lists a billiard parlor, Dallas a cancer center as well as “St. Paul’s Psych-Link,” whatever that might be. The Santa Barbara directory lists a cleaning and laundry service; Houston a construction company; Nashville a beauty parlor; Philadelphia a credit union; Newport, Rhode Island, a furniture and appliance store; New Albany, Indiana, a hotel; and Amherst, Ohio, a beer garden–selling, perhaps, Pauli beer, made in Bremen, Germany, and brand-named after a local medieval monastery where the original brewery was located.

How Paul of Tarsus might himself have reacted to all this celebrity over all these centuries one can only imagine. He would probably have replied as he responded to the church at Corinth: “Let no man glory in man. For all things are yours, whether Paul, or Apollos, or Peter, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come. All are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s. Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Cor. 3:21—4:1).

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