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The name given to the Christian writers who (c.120–220 first addressed themselves to the task of making a reasoned defence and recommendation of their faith to outsiders. They include Aristides, Justin Martyr, Athenagoras, Tatian, Theophilus, and Tertullian. They had to contend with both pagan philosophy and the general outlook which it influenced and specifically Jewish objections. Their method was to present Christianity as politically harmless and morally and culturally superior to paganism.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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