Justin on the Sole Government of God. (translated by Rev. G. Reith, M.A. Loc. 9969-10210 in The Complete Ante-Nicene & Nicene & Post-Nicene Church Fathers Collection. Catholic Way Publishing, 2014. ANF 01 The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus.Kindle Electronic Edition.
Chapter 6, Loc. 10197-10210.
In his concluding chapter, Justin directs his readers to recognize only one God. Alluding to Homer, he shows that the gods seek out knowledge about healing from a mortal, Chiron (Loc. 10199), that Bacchus is mad and Hercules unhappy, and that Mars and Venus are adulterous. Imitation of the Homeric deities would cause one to “be reckoned among impure men, and a stranger to life and humanity” (Loc. 10202). Therefore, Justin says we must acknowledge the one “true and invariable Name” (Loc. 10206).