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The First and Second Apologies (Crkveni oci #5)

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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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Evan Leach
Justin Martyr (AKA Saint Justin) was a second century Christian leader, teacher, and writer. Only three of his works survive today: the lengthy Dialogue with Trypho and two shorter apologies. This book contains both apologies, written around 156-58 or so and addressed to the emperors Antoninus Pius, his sons, and the Roman Senate.

An apology is a special kind of genre in Christian literature where the writer attempts to use logic and reason to defend the faith against outside attack. At the time
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Laurie
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
But in no instance, not even in any of those called sons of Jupiter, did they imitate the being crucified; for it was not understood by them, all the things said of it having been put symbolically. And this, as the prophet foretold, is the greatest symbol of His power and rule; as is also proved by the things which fall under our observation. For consider all the things in the world, whether without this form they could be administered or have any community. For the sea is not traversed except t ...more
Genni
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
A well organized appeal to the emperor to stop persecuting Christians. He first appeals to common sense. Why are Christians being persecuted simply because they are so-called? He then moves on to educate those reading the letter about what it is exactly Christians believe, how they are taught to submit to authorities, pay taxes, etc. Finally he seeks to prove Christianity by appeals to fulfilled prophecy. It is also interesting to note his responses to the different heresies of his day. Recommen ...more
Yann
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
Miriam
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Geen review van het boek zelf, daar ben ik niet voor gekwalificeerd.

Wel een review van deze editie (Paulist Press). Ik ben blij dat ik deze editie gekozen heb. Prijzig, maar zeer de moeite waard. Het boek bestaat voor 2/3 uit voetnoten en zonder die voetnoten had ik er niets van kunnen maken. Zelfs de voetnoten waren nog erg lastig om te lezen, vol verwijzingen naar vorige voetnoten en andere literatuur.
Daniel
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Shawn
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it

The Logos

As a result of having recently read A History Of Christianity , I compiled a list of historically influential Christian writers to consider reading. Among the earliest was Justin Martyr (100–165) who appealed to me because he was one of the first to identify Christ in conjunction with the “Logos” (the Word, Reason, or Rationality). Some of the basis for this assertion is John I: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” and also the book of Genesi
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Dwight Davis
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.

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Chad A. Pentecost
Not a quick read.

I recommend this to anyone who engages in or wants to engage in the defense of the Christian faith. It is both comforting and troubling to hear a martyr defend against secularism in the 2nd century that mirrors the secularism of today. If you read this volume, take your time and digest slowly.
Fred Sanders
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Nick Jordan
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how to rate a book like this, but I loved the sacramental worship descriptions at the end of the first apology and I enjoyed reading the second apology far more than the first.

I would choose to read his Dialogue with Trypho over the Apologies if I had to choose.
Myles
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Here's a list of reasons why you should stop killing Christians.
Daniel Rodger
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Great content but a terrible translation.
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Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 dia
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