REL 1350 Apologists July 2008

REL 1350 Apologists July 2008 - The Apologists: Early...

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The Apologists: Early Defenders of Christianity to the World Definition of Apologist -Defender (TQ) Apologists, from apology (a defense), mark transition from predominantly Jewish to Gentile Christianity in the 2 nd century Writers defend the faith against critics Christians are still considered a part of an illegal religion Nature of their writings “Open letters” to emperors to get the person in charge to make everyone else okay what they are saying/doing. Also the writer needs to know everything about the emperors and higher powers because he needs to be able to argue why his reason is better and why he should switch. Real target was educated Greeks as welfare of Christians depended on public opinion Used philosophy/reason to appeal to Greek philosophers but also attacked errors in Greek philosophy Pagan/Christian Debate Criticism – found in Celsus’ True Reason Moral debasement-cannibalism (Lord’s Supper), incest, orgies (Agape love feast) Social aloofness -think you’re better than everybody else. Political treason-no military, public office, no sacrifices to
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