Porphyry (lived approximately c. 234-305)
“What I am about to say may seem surprising to some, namely that the gods have proclaimed Christ to be most pious and immortal, and that they remember him in a laudatory way.”
- He was a critic of Christianity in the Roman Empire. One of his most effective tactics was urging for Jesus to be accepted into the pantheon of Roman gods. This quote is from his work, Philosophy from Oracles. This selection was recorded in the works of Eusebius, Augustine and Lactantius. Sadly, Porphyry’s original Philosophy from Oracles remains lost.