|Posted on March 6, 2016 at 9:20 PM|
Understanding Apologetics is based on the understanding of the ancient fathers of Christianity. First of all a description of apologetics is “to stand up for or to speak up for what you believe in”. The early apologist stood up against the accusations spread about the Christians by the pagan leaders. The meaning of Apologetics is the same but more detailed, “Apologetics is, in the simplest terms, the attempt to defend a particular belief or system of beliefs against objections.”
Justin Martyr and other Apologist of the second century, responds to charges of incest, cannibalism, atheism, and being a subversive group. As Justin argues, he uses antiquities and the Jewish scriptures and the fulfilment of their prophecies in Christianity to help to prove the morality of Christianity. Justin martyr focused on four audiences, 1. The pagan Intellectuals, 2. The state of Rome, 3. The Jews, and 4. The Heretics.
Justin engaged in a public debate and mentioned that those who don’t accept Christianity are no longer Gods chosen. “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ”, (2 Corinthians 10:5). In the First Apology of Justin he writes of Justice demanded for the treatment of the Christion believers and how they were unjustly condemned for their mere name.