Using pagan poets and philosophers in Gospel arguments

Scripture references

Acts 17:22–31 (ASV 1901)

22And Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus, and said, Ye men of Athens, in all things, I perceive that ye are very religious. 23For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. What therefore ye worship in ignorance, this I set forth unto you. 24The God that made the world and all things therein, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25neither is he served by men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26and he made of one every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed seasons, and the bounds of their habitation; 27tha...

Romans 11:36 (ASV 1901)

36For of him, and through him, and unto him, are all things. To him be the glory for ever. Amen.

Stories

An angry mob threatened to stone Jacob Chamberlain and his team to death if they would not leave their city. But Chamberlain boldly preached the Gospel and proved it to be the power of God to tame the heart. Like the Apostle Paul on Mars Hill, Chamberlain appealed to the people's own religious poetry and philosophy to show that only the One True God can cleanse their sins.