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The First and Second Apologies (Ancient Christian Writers)

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An English translation from Greek of Justin Martyr's two major apologetic works, which are recognized as a formative influence on the development of Christian theology in the early church.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by Paulist Press (first published 150)
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Cité par Eusèbe, Justin de Naplouse est un Chrétien du début du deuxième siècle de notre ère. En ces temps difficiles pour la chrétienté, les autorités traquent les sympathisants de cette doctrine. Ceux qui témoignent (μαρτυρω - martyr) de leur foi, sont contraint d'abjurer sous la menace de tortures que certains préfèrent souffrir plutôt que de renier. On ne connaît pas avec précision les raisons qui motivent ces persécutions, donc on est réduit à supputer que les puissances politiques et relig ...more
So refreshing to read Justin Martyr defend Christianity with sound reason in the midst of a Roman and Greek culture that worshiped pagan gods. He does an excellent job showing how many Greek gods imitated Christ partially, but none of them grasped who he really was because none of them grasped the cross. I enjoyed reading Justin's view of how Christ was the 'Logos' that the philosophers talked about and contemplated. Even Plato reasoned about eternal things, but couldn't grasp Christ being the L ...more
Very interesting. There was a lot of stuff in here that I did not expect and there was a lot of stuff missing that I did expect.

"The First Apology" starts off with a fairly open-and-shut defense of Christians -- not Christianity, but just some arguments against mass exterminations of Christians. Needless to say, this was Justin's easiest task and yet he couldn't pull it off--he is named, after all, Justin the Martyr. Anyway, he demonstrated that what motivated the Romans was nothing rational--b
Dwight Davis
A great little book on early Christianity. Justin lays out a defense for Christianity against Roman persecution. We find here one of the earliest systematic articulations of Christian theology, including Justin's rule of faith which is picked up on by Irenaeus and later Christians, making it hugely influential in the shaping of Christian orthodoxy. There's also a good bit on Christian worship in the second century in here, with descriptions of the baptism service as well as the Eucharist.

It's n
Fred Sanders
Justin Martyr's work is epochal for the development of Christian doctrine. In presenting the faith as rational, he may go too far in the direction of smoothing over differences. This shows up pretty starkly in his denial that God has a name; a position that makes dialogue with Plato easy but makes straightforward interpretation of the Torah difficult.
Jay D
Something every student of Church History and the Fathers should read.
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"Justin Martyr, also known as Saint Justin (c.100 – 165 CE), was an early Christian apologist, and is regarded as the foremost interpreter of the theory of the Logos in the 2nd century. He was martyred, alongside some of his students, and is considered a saint by the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, and the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Most of his works are lost, but two apologies and a dial
More about Justin Martyr...
Dialogue with Trypho (Selections from the Fathers of the Church) The First Apology of Justin Martyr, Addressed to the Emperor Antoninus Pius; Prefaced by Some Account of the Writings and Opinions of Justin The Writings of Justin Martyr Fragments of the Lost Work of Justin on the Resurrection (Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 1) The Second Apology of Justin Martyr

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