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The Vindication of Christianity

HENRY CHADWICK

in Early Christian Thought and the Classical Tradition

Published in print March 1984 | ISBN: 9780198266730
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683077 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266730.003.0001
The Vindication of Christianity

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Clement and Origen were not the first educated Christians to look at philosophical questions about Christianity. The way had been mapped out in advance by the 2nd-century apologists, above all by Justin Martyr who is certainly the greatest of the apologists and indeed the most voluminous. Of all the early Christian theologians Justin is the most optimistic about harmony between Christianity and Greek philosophy. The philosophers who in Justin's estimatation stand nearest to Christianity are the Platonists. Between the two positions, there is no gulf so great that the passage from one to the other is impossible or unnatural.

Keywords: Justin Martyr; Christian theologians; Christianity Greek philosophy

Chapter.  8029 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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