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Early Christian Thought and the Classical Tradition$
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Henry Chadwick

Print publication date: 1984

Print ISBN-13: 9780198266730

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266730.001.0001

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The Vindication of Christianity

The Vindication of Christianity

(p.1) 1 The Vindication of Christianity
Early Christian Thought and the Classical Tradition


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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

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