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Summary

In this book, Justin Martyr boldly defends the Christian faith before the Roman government. He addresses the core beliefs of the early church and refutes the lies spread abroad about them.

A truly inspirational piece of literature that should not disappoint the hungry soul looking for pure doctrine and teaching. He truly was a man of God that held great understanding of godly virtue and wisdom.

May you be abundantly blessed as you partake in this book!

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Mistakes are made

The early Church writers are interesting, if for nothing else than illustrating how speculation (that leaven of the Pharisees) starts quickly, and always in the struggle to justify one's position. Still any will value from appreciating the struggle intelligent minds have as they wrestle with the practicalities of their position. Thus was theology born. However the narrator might have benefited from reading the text a few times, as he makes some slips, most inconsequential, but at one point he reads begotten God instead of unbegotten which for any who are only listening to the audio is a serious error, otherwise well read.

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  • Justin D. Kearns
  • 08-02-18

A bit like listening to a defense by Apostle Paul

According to Justin, the Greeks were persecuting Christians on the grounds of false testimony. He defines who true Christians are by their virtues, as recognized by their keeping of the teachings of Christ, which Justin shared, so the governing authorities could see the benefit of Christians to their society. Justin argued that many of the characteristics attributed to Greek gods to be taken from Hebrew origin from Moses. He explains certain doctrines, like the Trinity, freedom of choice, judgement, conversion, washing, communion (Eucharist). This provided a great defense of the value of Christian lives to the Greeks, as well as the logic of Christian beliefs.

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  • Leslie
  • 13-08-17

Fascinating

Listening to the words of Justin Martyr who lived in a time so close to Christ and the Apostles greatly reinforced Scripture and illuminated the anti-Christian struggles of the day. I couldn't help but make some comparisons to the culture of our day.

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  • J Ryan Williams
  • 05-04-19

Overall good. Necessary reading to know what the early christians believed

Overall good. Wonderful to hear the beliefs from a non biblical source in AD 150 ish. The only issue with this audible is that the reading is often difficult to follow. I suspect this is because of a lack of punctuation in the original text, but it could have had more inflection to make it easier to follow and less monotone.

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  • Anthony Policandriotes
  • 10-11-19

An excellent glimpse into the early Christian Church

My impression was that it was like listening to an extremely competent attorney making arguments in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

I loved that St. Justin uses the language of his audience (the Emperor and Roman Senate) without betraying the Faith.

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  • Angelique Bovee
  • 30-04-21

Justin is brilliant

love his apologetic approach.
definitely one of the more interesting writers from the early church fathers.

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  • Dave
  • 24-03-21

Invaluable Insight

Thank God this work has been preserved, it is a critical window into the Christian Church in it's infancy

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  • chadpdodge
  • 17-01-21

Great Reading

Such a great historical document. I'm glad it is available for everyday people. I'm glad that I purchased it.

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  • John
  • 01-11-21

Excellent apologia

Incredible historical record of the earliest days of Christianity explained by one of the Apostolic fathers. Truly amazing. Good narrator as well. Wonderful.

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  • Heidi
  • 08-08-21

Great book of the Christian tradition

This is an illuminating great book of the Christian tradition well read by the narrator. I appreciate audible making these ancient works available. It is fascinating to see what a contemporary of the time would consider viable arguments to present to the emperor in behalf of Christians. I would have argued differently at least in a few instances, some of Justin’s arguments appearing to be nearly cringe worthy slams from my perspective. But I am far removed from the time and I have read The Twelve Caesar’s making me a little acquainted with the potential moral character of the men Justin is attempting to influence.