Henry Chadwick

in The Church in Ancient Society

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246953
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600463 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church


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The justifications of Christianity by Justin in the mid‐second century are marked by his positive evaluation of Platonism and other philosophical schools, his disowning of gnosticism and Marcion and other heretics, and his demonstration of the importance of the Old Testament for Christians. His literal millenarianism is part of a continuing debate with rabbinic exegesis, which he considered as pettifogging and often trivial. Justin wrote against a background of persecution of Christians, and his valuable description of Christian worship is designed to refute accusations of black magic.

Keywords: Justin Martyr; liturgy; millennium; persecution

Chapter.  3243 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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