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Justin Martyr

Justin Martyr was well known apologist who defended Christianity by using Greco-Roman philosophy to describe the mysteries of Christian faith. He set the foundation for other Christian philosophers in that he discussed Christian theology with non-believers from a point of common ground.

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Justin Martyr was well known apologist who defended Christianity by using Greco-Roman philosophy to describe the mysteries of Christian faith. He set the foundation for other Christian philosophers in that he discussed Christian theology with non-believers from a point of common ground. Can you help me explain specifically and exactly how and why he does this?

"The Orthodox view of dialogue with other religions is also rooted in the Church Fathers. Subsequent to the Apostolic age St. Justin Martyr, a second century apologist, makes the claim for Christianity that "Whatever things were rightly said among all men are the property of us Christians."[13] Justin espouses the belief that both Gentiles and Jews will be saved on the basis of their piety and holiness. He states that "Christ is the first-born of God, and we have declared above all that He is the Word (Logos) of whom every race of men were partakers; and those who lived according to reason are Christian."[14] All peoples are able to participate in the "spermatikos logos" or seed of reason: "For each man spoke well in proportion to the share he had of the spermatic word (reason disseminated among men), seeing what was related to it," because "the seed of reason (the Logos) implanted in every race of men" makes God's revelation accessible to all [15] The pre-existence of the eternal Logos of God enables "all the races of men to participate" in God's revelation. The "seed of the Logos is innate in all the races of men and resides in all people." uniting humanity and making all "part of ...

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The foundation for other Christian philosophers in a discussion are provided. Non-believers point of view are given.

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