Originally posted by menace71
First of all I was thinking (My JW friends argue pagan sources)The Apostle Paul used Roman concepts and their artifacts as stepping stones to discuss the "True God"
Example: Acts 17:23
"For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, 'TO AN UNKNOWN GOD ' Therefore what you worship ...[text shortened]... edia.org/wiki/Logos (I know wikipedia is not the definitive source but a start)
Yes, St Paul draws on a lot of Hellenic thought too. For example, he heavily borrows the idea of physis
(that is, nature) as a source of moral reasoning. If Paul were one of the Church Fathers, rather than an Apostle, the JWs would have called him a pagan and cast him off as a heretic.