It must be admitted that [the 2nd century Greek Apologists] represented Christianity largely in terms of philosophy, that they did not clearly discriminate between philosophy and theology, and their representation of the truths of revelation, and particularly of the Logos doctrine, suffered from an admixture of Greek philosophical thought.
“Louis Berkhof, The History of Christian Doctrine”
As Christianity began to spread, the influence of Greek philosophical and theological thought began to increase. This seems to fly in the face of the warning issued by Paul in Colossians 2:8-9:
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:8-9, KJV).