Justin: “those who lived reasonably are Christians”

Justin Martyr, (c. 100 – 165 AD), was an early Christian apologist, and is regarded as the foremost interpreter of the Logos Doctrine in the 2nd century.  He was martyred alongside some of his students and is considered a saint by the Roman Catholic, the Anglican, and the Eastern Orthodox Churches.  It is clear that the early church was much more inclusive, more cosmic, and less tribal and triumphalistic than the later and contemporary church.

 

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St. Justin Martyr

 

 

“We have been taught that Christ is the first-born of God, and we have declared above that He is the Word [Logos] of whom every race of men were partakers; and those who lived reasonably (μετὰ λόγου, “with reason, or the Logos”) are Christians, even though they have been thought atheists;”  First Apology, 46.

 

 

 

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