Justin & Justin: First Apology XXI-XXX

Justin continues his defense of the Christian faith to the Caesars by comparing the story of Jesus to other Greek and Roman myths. He shows an incredible knowledge of Roman culture. He shows how virgin birth, sacrificial death, and ascension into the heavens are not foreign the worldview of the Romans.

He then turns the argument to his benefit. He says that he is not quoting these stories to validate them. He is showing that this is not out of the question, but ultimately these stories are false and Christianity is true. What we find here is evidence of the early churches involvement in cultural engagement. Early Christians including Justin used the stories that those around them were familiar with in order to communicate the gospel.

Justin moves on and spends some time mentioning heretics and how they are not true representations of Christianity. He points out both Simon Magus and Marcion to give evidence of this.

Justin finishes up this section showing how christian morality is actually more beneficial to the state than paganism. He points to some of the excesses that go on in the name of religion as evidence against them.

In chapter 30 he begins to introduce the topic of Christology, which we will get into next week.

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