Larry Hurtado has a new article entitled “The Distinctiveness of Early Christianity” at the online journal Catalyst based on his new monograph Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World. He basically points out the cultic exclusivity of the early Christ followers. What was seen as treasonous was that many people were suddenly abstaining from worshiping their own native deities and exclusively worshiping the God of the Jews through the appointed Messiah Jesus, yet without becoming Jews themselves, and thereby risked the wrath of a bunch of unhappy deities who were no longer receiving sacrifices. If you are interested in the discussions about ancient monotheism and Christology, you should check out the article.
Larry Hurtado on “The Distinctiveness of Early Christianity”