A gambler will tell you to “hedge your bets” as a way of protecting yourself from losing everything. In the world of investing, it is called having a diversified portfolio. In the ancient Athens, building an altar to the “unknown god” was just another attempt of playing it safe.
In Acts 17, Paul is in Athens, a place famous for philosophy, works of art and temples. At the time, there was no other place on earth where so many idols were exhibited. In that place of false worship, Paul does not play it safe. He proclaims Jesus and the resurrection.
Do we play it safe? We live in a rich and diverse city with many different ways of hedging our bets, but is God calling us to something more?