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June 1 + Saint Justin, Martyr - VENXARA®

June 1 + Saint Justin, Martyr

Justin never ended his quest for religious truth even when he converted to Christianity after years of studying various pagan philosophies.

As a young man, he was principally attracted to the school of Plato. However, he found that the Christian religion answered the great questions about life and existence better than the philosophers.

Upon his conversion, he continued to wear the philosopher’s mantle, and became the first Christian philosopher. He combined the Christian faith with the best elements in Greek philosophy. In his view, philosophy was a pedagogue of Christ, an educator that was to lead one to Christ.

Justin is known as an apologist, one who defends in writing the Christian religion against the attacks and misunderstandings of the pagans. Most of his works are lost, but two apologies and a dialogue did survive. The First Apology, his most well-known text, passionately defends the morality of the Christian life, and provides various ethical and philosophical arguments to convince the Roman emperor, Antoninus, to abandon the persecution of the Church.

For his staunch adherence to Christianity, Justin was beheaded, along with some of his students, in Rome in 165 AD.

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