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In Defence of Christianity

Early Christian Apologists


Edited By Jakob Engberg, Anders-Christian Jacobsen and Jörg Ulrich

In Defence of Christianity examines the early Christian apologists in their context in thirteen articles divided in four parts. Part I provides an introduction to apology and apologetics in antiquity, an overview of the early Christian apologists, and an outline of their argumentation. The nine articles of Part II each cover one of the early apologists: Aristides, Justin, Tatian, Athenagoras, Theophilus, the author of the Letter to Diognetus, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian and Minucius Felix. Part III contextualises the apologists by providing an English translation of contemporary pagan criticism of Christianity and by discussing this critique. Part IV consists of a single article discussing how Eusebius depicted and used the apologists in his Ecclesiastical History.


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Apology in Context Jakob Engberg / Anders-Christian Jacobsen / Jörg Ulrich VII Part I: Introduction Apologists and apologetics in the second century Jörg Ulrich 1 Part II: The early Christian apologists Aristides Nils Arne Pedersen 35 Justin Martyr Jörg Ulrich 51 Tatian René Falkenberg 67 Athenagoras Anders-Christian Jacobsen 81 Theophilus Jakob Engberg 101 Heaven-borne in the World: Α Study of the Letter to Diognetus Anders Klostergaard Petersen 125 Clement of Alexandria Paganism and its positive significance for Christianity Jesper Hyldahl 139 Tertullian Niels Willert 159 Minucius Felix, Octavius Svend Erik Mathiassen 185 Part III: Contemporary Greco-Roman authors regarding Christians and Christianity Condemnation, criticism and consternation Contemporary pagan authors‘ assessment of Christians and Christianity Jakob Engberg 201 VI The other Side of the Debate 2 Translation of Second Century pagan Authors on Christians and Christianity Jakob Engberg / Patrick M. Fritz / Robert B.N. Hansen / John Møller Larsen 229 Part IV: Eusebius‘ use of the early apologists in the Ecclesiastical History The defenders of Christianity in the Ecclesiastical History of Eusebius Marie Verdoner 239 Bibliography Řśř Table of Contents

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