Christian Apologists and Greek Gods

Jan N. Bremmer and Andrew Erskine

in The Gods of Ancient Greece

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748637980
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670758 | DOI:
Christian Apologists and Greek Gods

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Greek gods and polytheism as a distinctive feature of Graeco-Roman culture and religion was a favourite theme among the Christian Apologists of the second century AD. This chapter analyses both their approaches to Greek deities and the evolution of motifs, which oscillate between the rigid criticism of idolatry based on Jewish lore and a richer rational censure of anthropomorphism originating in Greek philosophy.

Keywords: Apologists; Christianity; Polytheism; Idolatory; Judaism; Anthropomorphism

Chapter.  10330 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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