St. Justin Martyr: Apologist and Father of the Church


June 1st marks the feast day of St. Justin Martyr, an early Father of the Church. He was one of the first apologists for the Christian faith and has been regarded as the leading interpreter of the theory of the Logos (the Word of God) in the second century.

Justin was born into a pagan family in Neapolis around the year 100 A.D.  After spending years studying pagan philosophies, his quest for religious truth led him to investigate the Christian religion, which he found answered the great questions of life and existence better than pagan philosophy.  Already impressed by the zeal of Christian Martyrs, he became a convert to the Christian faith at the age of thirty.

Following his conversion, Justin moved to Rome where he opened a school in which he taught the best elements of Greek philosophy in the context of Christian belief. Known as “the Philosopher,” he…

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2 thoughts on “St. Justin Martyr: Apologist and Father of the Church

  1. I was happy to read about Justin Martyr again. I once read a very good book called “4 Witnesses”, and first learned the story of St. Justin there, along with 3 other Church Fathers.

    I wonder how some Protestant theologian reconcile what this saint has to say, with their claims of getting back to the roots of the church.


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