Early Christians Apologetics

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EARLY CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS Describe Christian apologetics in the second century. What were the accusations against Christians? How did apologists like Justin respond? What apologetic principles could be used today in a modern context? Everett Ferguson tells us that the Christian apologetics of the second century was at an intellectual level with Greek philosophers, and more attention came from the Roman society. This era was given to us by writers such as Aristides, Justin Martyr. Theophilus, and Athenagoras who gave us a rich understanding of apologetic heritage. The Apologists also argued that Hebrew Scripture was given to us earlier than Greek thought, could be interpreted from a Greek perspective, and supports the principles within the Greek history. In light of this information they were able to give us answers to questions regarding the modernism of Christianity, and give us a good understanding of the continuing diversity of the Christian movement. According to Ferguson, the specific accusations against Christians were incest, cannibalism, and atheism. A Christian atheist of the second century was someone who did not observe or follow the traditional religious practices, of the Roman culture. Christians insisted that there was only one God. The Romans could not understand the communion or Eucharist and assumed there was cannibalism happening. This may have derived from Christian language concerning the Eucharist. There several other charges that were brought against Christians during this period. Any activity that the Christians participated in was perceived as a threat to the Roman government. Justin Martyr was one of the most important Apologists of the second century. Justin responded to the accusations against Christians by using arguments that included the Greek perspective of the Logos. He demanded that the charges be investigated. He also
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