Porphyry (lived approximately 234-305 CE)

“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.


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