The first apology was an early work of christian apologetics addressed by justin martyr to the roman emperor antoninus piusin addition to arguing against the persecution of individuals solely for being christian justin also provides the emperor with a defense of the philosophy of christianity and a detailed explanation of contemporary christian practices and rituals. Home fathers of the church the first apology st justin martyr the first apology but as at first you would not have believed it possible that such persons could be produced from the small drop and yet now you see them thus produced so also judge that it is not impossible that the bodies of men after they have been dissolved . Justin martyr first apology second apology from alexander roberts and james donaldson eds ante nicene fathers volume 1 buffalo 1885 public domain. The writings of justin martyr are among the most important that have come down to us from the second century he was not the first that wrote an apology in behalf of the christians but his apologies are the earliest extant
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