Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Justin Martyr

Posted: November 19, 2016 in Apologetics
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Early church history. Check out the nice infographic embedded in the original post.

Reflections

justin_martyrSaint Justin, also known as Justin Martyr, was one of the first Christians to meet Greco-Roman thinkers on their own ground by using philosophy as a tool or handmaid (servant) to defend the gospel message. But what else did he contribute to historic Christianity? Here’s your crash course on the life and accomplishments of Justin Martyr—and why he still matters today.

Who Was Justin Martyr?

Saint Justin (c. 100–165) was born in Flavia Neapolis (modern-day Palestine) to pagan parents. He studied in the ancient cities of Alexandria and Ephesus where his pursuit of truth led him to examine the Greek philosophical systems of Stoicism, Aristotelianism, Pythagoreanism, and Platonism, ultimately adopting the tenets of the Platonists. His conversion to Christianity was sparked by a conversation he had with a wise, elderly Christian man who instructed him on how Christ had fulfilled the writings of the Hebrew prophets. Justin subsequently started a…

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