“Paul’s refusal to deploy the arts of persuasion (1 Thess. 2.4; Gal. 1.10) is itself a topos from the world of rhetoric, evincing a common awareness of the dangers involved in being too adaptable to one’s audience.”
— F. Gerald Downing, Doing Things With Words In The First Christian Century
(JSNTS 200, Sheffield Academic Press, 2000) p.84.