ID: n Named Entity. Justin Martyr, an early Christian apologist , is regarded as the foremost exponent of the Divine Word , the Logos, in the second century. Wikiquote definition Description licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2. Justin Martyr, an early Christian apologist, is regarded as the foremost exponent of the Divine Word, the Logos, in the second century. Concept and design by Roberto Navigli. BabelNet is now a self-sustained project with Babelscape as its commercial support arm, thanks to which the project will be continued and improved over time.
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When Justin was arrested for his faith in Rome, the prefect asked him to denounce his faith by making a sacrifice to the gods. Justin replied, "No one who is rightly minded turns from true belief to false. It was in one sense an easy answer for Justin because he had spent most of his adult life discerning the true from the false.
Raised by pagan parents, he sought to find life's meaning in the philosophies of his day. This only brought a series of disappointments. His first teacher was a Stoic who "knew nothing of God and did not even think knowledge of him to be necessary. Then came a Pythagorean, but his required course of music, astronomy, and geometry seemed far too slow.
Finally, Platonism, though intellectually demanding, proved unfulfilling for Justin's hungry heart. At last, about A. I fell in love with the prophets and these men who had loved Christ; I reflected on all their words and found that this philosophy alone was true and profitable.
That is how and why I became a philosopher. And I wish that everyone felt the same way that I do. Justin continued to wear his philosopher's cloak, seeking to reconcile faith and reason. His teaching ministry took him first to Ephesus c. Later Justin moved to Rome, founded a Christian school, and wrote two bold apologies i.
Justin's First Apology , addressed to Emperor Antoninus Pius, was published in and attempted to explain the faith. Christianity was not a threat to the state, he asserted, and should be treated as a legal religion. He wrote "on behalf of men of every nation who are unjustly hated and reviled. Justin argued that Christians are, in fact, the emperor's "best helpers and allies in securing good order, convinced as we are that no wicked man However, this apology has gained the most attention for modern readers because in it Justin records detailed descriptions of early Christian worship to show unbelievers that Christianity was not subversive.
The most famous passage is this:. Justin's Second Apology was written soon after Marcus Aurelius became emperor in In these writings, Justin tried to show that the Christian faith alone was truly rational.
He taught that the Logos Word became incarnate to teach humanity truth and to redeem people from the power of the demons. Four years later, Justin and his disciples were arrested for their faith. When the prefect threatened them with death, Justin said, "If we are punished for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ, we hope to be saved. Since he gave his life for the "true philosophy," Justin has been surnamed Martyr.
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When Justin was arrested for his faith in Rome, the prefect asked him to denounce his faith by making a sacrifice to the gods. Justin replied, "No one who is rightly minded turns from true belief to false. It was in one sense an easy answer for Justin because he had spent most of his adult life discerning the true from the false. Raised by pagan parents, he sought to find life's meaning in the philosophies of his day.
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