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Church Father and Saint Justin Martyr on the similarities between Christianity and Roman Paganism



It’s been argued and shown that several doctrines related to Christianity, from the crucifixion of a savior for the sins of the world, being the unique Son of God, are in fact pagan oriented beliefs that were taken on and molded by Christianity onto Jesus.

Now most Christians would obviously reject this claim, as one would expect them to, they would claim that the arguments and evidence are weak, or made up, fair enough.

So what we’ll do in this article is simple, we won’t quote the works or references that make such arguments against Christianity. Instead, we shall quote a Christian Church Father and a Saint, Saint Justin Martyr.

Now obviously this guy wouldn’t be a revered Church Father with the status of a saint if he were some nobody. 

Here’s a brief biography of Justin Martyr:

Christianapologist, born at Flavia Neapolis, about A.D. 100, converted to Christianityabout A.D. 130, taught and defended the Christian religionin Asia Minor and at Rome, where he suffered martyrdom about the year 165. Two "Apologies" bearing his name and his "Dialogue with the Jew Tryphon" have come down to us. Leo XIIIhad a Mass and an Office composed in his honour and set his feast for 14 April.

For a full bio of Justin visit this link:

All his work alongside many other Church Fathers and Saints can be found on this link:

We shall be quoting from one of his many works, titled ‘The First Apology'.

So according to Saint Justin Martyr, he writes the following in his work:


And when we say also that the Word, who is the first-birth of God, was produced without sexual union, and that He, Jesus Christ, our Teacher, was crucified and died, and rose again, and ascended into heaven, we propound NOTHING DIFFERENT from WHAT YOU BELIEVE regarding those whom you esteem sons of Jupiter. For you know how many sons your esteemed writers ascribed to Jupiter: Mercury, the interpreting word and teacher of all; AEsculapius, who, though he was a great physician, was struck by a thunderbolt, and so ascended to heaven; and Bacchus too, after he had been torn limb from limb; and Hercules, when he had committed himself to the flames to escape his toils; and the sons of Leda, and Dioscuri; and Perseus, son of Danae; and Bellerophon, who, though sprung from mortals, rose to heaven on the horse Pegasus. For what shall I say of Ariadne, and those who, like her, have been declared to be set among the stars? And what of the emperors who die among yourselves, whom you deem worthy of deification, and in whose behalf you produce some one who swears he has seen the burning Caesar rise to heaven from the funeral pyre? And what kind of deeds are recorded of each of these reputed sons of Jupiter, it is needless to tell to those who already know. (Justin Martyrs First Apology:

Notice what this Saint Justin Martyr is saying, he is telling the Roman rulers that what the Christian believe and what they’re putting forward is nothing different than what the Roman pagans believe in. He even gives examples just to show the comparison, for example he says that Jupiter who is one of their gods also had sons, making them sons of god. Saint Justin Martyr then goes on to mention other beliefs of the Roman pagans, that they believed of people who suffered only to later ascend into heaven just like Jesus did after he suffered.

What stronger proof could you ask for? You have a Christian Saint openly saying that what they’re putting forward, is NO DIFFERENT than what the Roman pagans believe in.

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