Ante-Nicene Fathers/Volume IV/Commodianus/The Instructions of Commodianus/Chapter 2
The Instructions of Commodianus
in favour of
Against the Gods of the Heathens.
(Expressed in Acrostics.)
My preface sets forth the way to the wanderer and a good visitation when the goal of life shall have come, that he may become eternal—a thing which ignorant hearts disbelieve. I in like manner have wandered for a long time, by giving attendance upon heathen fanes, my parents themselves being ignorant. Thence at length I withdrew myself by reading concerning the law. I bear witness to the Lord; I grieve alas, the crowd of citizens! ignorant of what it loses in going to seek vain gods. Thoroughly taught by these things, I instruct the ignorant in the truth.
- [Sufficient evidence of his heathen origin.]