The Early Church Apologists
The Early Church

Christian writers (c. 120-220) who gave a reasoned defense of Christianity addressed to intellectuals who were not Christians. 

The Apologists showed that Christianity was intellectually respectable

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Among the best known of the Apologists were Justin Martyr and Tertullian. The themes of the Apologists were the intellectual credibility of Christianity and its compatibility with good citizenship. They also sought to dispel the effects of popular slander and caricature. The Apologists directed their intellectual defense of Christianity both toward Greek philosophical traditions and toward Jewish critics of Christianity. The logos-theology of Justin Martyr and others was a principal theological legacy of the Apologists.

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