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The first apology of Justin Martyr, addressed to the Emperor Antoninus Pius

prefaced by some account of the writings and opinions of Justin Martyr

by Justin Martyr, Saint

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Published by Griffith, Farran, Okeden & Welsh in London .
Written in English


Edition Notes

Statementby John Kaye.
SeriesAncient and Modern Library of Theological Literature
ContributionsKaye, John, 1783-1853.
The Physical Object
Paginationviii, 161, 99 p. ;
Number of Pages161
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL14007954M

If, therefore, on some points we teach the same things as the poets and philosophers whom you honourand on other points are fuller and more divine in our teaching, and if we alone afford proof of what we assert, why are we unjustly hated more than all others? And, If your right eye offend you, cut it out; for it is better for you to enter into the kingdom of heaven with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be cast into everlasting fire. By their works you shall know them. However, it seems that this was not the case: according to his Historia Augusta biography which seems to reproduce an earlier, detailed report Antoninus' body and not his ashes was buried in Hadrian's mausoleum. At this critical juncture, an apology that highlights the truth of the Bible has to be taken up with seriousness. In spite of an extensive building directive — the free access of the people of Rome to drinking water was expanded with the construction of aqueducts, not only in Rome but throughout the Empire, as well as bridges and roads — the emperor still managed to leave behind a sizable public treasury of around two and a half million sesterces Rome would not witness another Emperor leaving his successor with a surplus for a long time.

It was thus spoken: "Lift up the gates of heaven; be ye opened, that the King of glory may come in. For not like other things, as trees and quadrupeds, which cannot act by choice, did God make man: for neither would he be worthy of reward or praise did he not of himself choose the good, but were created for this end; nor, if he were evil, would he be worthy of punishment, not being evil of himself, but being able to be nothing else than what he was made. And if you also read these words in a hostile spirit, ye can do no more, as I said before, than kill us; which indeed does no harm to us, but to you and all who unjustly hate us, and do not repent, brings eternal punishment by tire. For they strive to hold you their slaves and servants; and sometimes by appearances in dreams, and sometimes by magical impositions, they subdue all who make no strong opposing effort for their own salvation.

Instead, he lived with Galeria Lysistrate[23] one of Faustina's freed women. And that the prophets are inspired by no other than the Divine Word, even you, as I fancy, will grant. He was considered a god, and as a god was honoured by you with a statue, which statue was erected on the river Tiber, between the two bridges, and bore this inscription, in the language of Rome "Simoni Deo Sancto," "To Simon the holy God. For all the gods of the nations are idols of devils; but God made the heavens. And how those who have sinned and repent shall escape their sins, is declared by Esaias the prophet, as I wrote above; he thus speaks: "Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from your souls; learn to do well; judge the fatherless, and plead for the widow: and come and let us reason together, saith the Lord. Justin concludes by suggesting that a wise ruler will for his own sake judge the case of the Christian with justice, lest he condemn himself in the eyes of God by convicting the innocent.


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The first apology of Justin Martyr, addressed to the Emperor Antoninus Pius book

For not only does sound reason direct us to refuse the guidance of those who did or taught anything wrong, but it is incumbent on the lover of truth, by all means, and if death be threatened, even before his own life, to choose to do and say what is right.

Some would say that you must give them up. For Antoninus came to his new office with simple tastes, kindly disposition, extensive experience, a well-trained intelligence and the sincerest desire for the welfare of his subjects. That all these things should come to pass, I say, our Teacher foretold, He who is both Son and Apostle of God the Father of all and the Ruler, Jesus Christ; from whom also we have the name of Christians.

This, then, to speak shortly, is what we expect and have learned from Christ, and teach. His chief argument, and one calculated to convert this hearers as it had converted him II Apol. For they to whom it was not told concerning Him, and they who have not heard, shall understand.

For let even necromancy, and the divinations you practise by immaculate children, and the evoking of departed human souls, and those who are called among the magi, Dream-senders and Assistant-spirits Familiarsand all that is done by those who are skilled in such matters--let these persuade you that even after death souls are in a state of sensation; and those who are seized and cast about by the spirits of the dead, whom all call daemoniacs or madmen; and what you repute as oracles, both of Amphilochus, Dodana, Pytho, and as many other such as exist; and the opinions of your authors, Empedocles and Pythagoras, Plato and Socrates, and the pit of Homer, and the descent of Ulysses to inspect these things, and all that has been uttered of a like kind.

And if we persuade even a few, our gain will be very great; for, as good husbandmen, we shall receive the reward from the Master. 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 ye that it is not impossible that the bodies of men, after they have been dissolved, and like seeds resolved into earth, should in God's appointed time rise again and put on incorruption.

And those among yourselves who are accused you do not punish before they are convicted; but in our case you receive the name as proof against us, and this although, so far as the name goes, you ought rather to punish our accusers. This, then, "Behold, a virgin shall conceive," signifies that a virgin should conceive without intercourse.

Antoninus Pius

There is more to this argument, given that the Parthians in the East were themselves soon to make no small amount of mischief after Antoninus' passing. Lebreton, Jules.

And so, too, Platowhen he says, The blame is his who chooses, and God is blameless, took this from the prophet Moses and uttered it. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

And that you may understand that promiscuous intercourse is not one of our mysteries, one of our number a short time ago presented to Felix the governor in Alexandria a petition, craving that permission might be given to a surgeon to make him an eunuch.

It is our task, therefore, to afford to all an opportunity of inspecting our life and teachings, lest, on account of those who are accustomed to be ignorant of our affairs, we should incur the penalty due to them for mental blindness; and it is your business, when you hear us, to be found, as reason demands, good judges.

Concubinage was a form of female companionship sometimes chosen by powerful men in Ancient Rome, especially widowers like Vespasianand Marcus Aurelius.

What is designated as the Second Apology was written as a supplement to the first, on account of certain proceedings which had in the meantime taken place in Rome before Lollius Urbicus as prefect of the city, which must have been between and My email address is webmaster at newadvent.

And the first power after God the Father and Lord of all is the Word, who is also the Son; and of Him we will, in what follows, relate how He took flesh and became man. If He be given for sin, your soul shall see His seed prolonged in days. But if you pay no regard to our prayers and frank explanations, we shall suffer no loss, since we believe or rather, indeed, are persuaded that every man will suffer punishment in eternal fire according to the merit of his deed, and will render account according to the power he has received from God, as Christ intimated when He said, "To whom God has given more, of him shall more be required.

The First Apology of Justin Martyr : Addressed to the Emperor Antoninus Pius

They now ask of me judgment, and dare to draw near to God. Dedicated to my son, Justin William Shackelford.Sep 13,  · Ante-Nicene Christian Library/The First Apology of Justin Martyr. From Wikisource THE FIRST APOLOGY OF JUSTIN.

Chap. i. —Address. O the Emperor Titus Ælius Adrianus Antoninus Pius Augustus Cæesar, and to his son Verissimus the philosopher, and to Lucius the philosopher, the natural son of Cæsar, and the adopted son of Pius, a lover of.

Justin's First Apology, addressed to Emperor Antoninus Pius, was published in and attempted to explain the faith.

The first apology of Justin Martyr, addressed to the Emperor Antoninus Pius

Christianity was not a threat to the state, he asserted, and should be treated. Antoninus Pius (/ ˌ æ n t ə ˈ n aɪ n ə s ˈ p aɪ ə s /; Latin: Titus Aelius Hadrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius; 19 September 86 – 7 March ), also known as Antoninus, was Roman emperor from to He was one of the Five Good Emperors in the Nerva–Antonine dynasty and the atlasbowling.com: Titus Aurelius Fulvus (natural), Hadrian.

The First Apology was an early work of Christian apologetics addressed by Justin Martyr to the Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius. In 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 atlasbowling.com: Barnes & Noble Press.

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