- Paperback: 56 pages
- Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (June 17, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419162306
- ISBN-13: 978-1419162305
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.1 x 9.2 inches
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The First Apology Of Justin
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Donaldson and A. Cleveland Coxe, eds., The Apostolic Fathers with Justin
Martyr and Irenaeus.Vol. 1 of Ante-Nicene Fathers: The Writings of the Fathers
Down to A.D. 325. New York: Cosimo, 2007.
At first glance an apologetic book (a treatise of defense of Christianity) would not be a missions book, but Justin's Apology gives a glimpse into a historical time period of Christian persecution as well as has serious implications for Christian missions. Justin's book is a defense against the injustice that Christians are experiencing at that time, largely due to their association with the name Christian. Therefore, it is a call for Antoninus to stop these persecutions.
Christians are being unjustly condemned and even charged with atheism and treason, the equivalent of modern date hate speech. Justin, however, points out that Christians above all are good moral people and that all of the elements of Christianity are widely accepted in other forms of cultural mythology. Justin says that Christian beliefs are to be found even in heathen religions; however, the clearer form of those beliefs is evidenced in Christianity. As propaganda circulated in the first century AD about Christians as being cannibals and committing incest, Justin also has to counter those accusations. Justin's apologetic work raises several cross-cultural issues that relate to missions today.
First, Justin's claim that Christians demand a higher moral standard than most is at question in modern missiological circles. His claim is based on the evidence of morality prevalent in the lives of those who adhere to the faith.Read more ›