I'm curious how christians view modern day christianity. The ancient church referred to christianity as ecclesia where we get the term church. In Roman and Greek usage it was used primarily in political assemblies such as a gathering of polis officials or a senatorial meeting. However, Pliny refers to christians as Hetaeria or a social club. He obviously didn't know much about the christiani. And was ruthless in dealing with them. However, my point is that the early ecclesia had a bond which would make them ecclesia. However, when I visit churches and see the montage of chrisitanity I wonder is Pliny more appropiate for today when he referred to christians as Hetaeria. Any thought?