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Apologists: Origen

No survey of the apologists would be complete without noting Origen (c. AD 185–253).  His life  Origen was born in Alexandria, Egypt. Clement of Alexandria had founded a school there, which taught catechumens and prepared men for ministry. This school was known for teaching the allegorical method of interpreting Scripture, which will be explained below. […]

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Apologists: Irenaeus and Tertullian

The apologists were early church fathers who defended Christian doctrine against the teachings of Judaism and paganism. The last article examined Justin Martyr. This article focuses on Irenaeus and Tertullian. Other apologists whom we have no time to examine include Clement of Alexandria and Cyprian. Origen’s place in church history, however, is too great to […]

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Apologists: Justin Martyr

The first generation of church fathers after the apostles were known as the post-apostolic fathers. In our last two articles, we noticed three of them: Clement (died AD 101), Ignatius (died AD 107), and Polycarp (died AD 155).  After the post-apostolic fathers came the apologists. This name “apologists” comes from the Greek word apologia, meaning […]

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The Apologists (3)

JUSTIN MARTYR. – One of the first of the Apologists worth considering was Justin Martyr. It would be more proper to call him, “Justin, The Martyr”. His last name was not Martyr. The word “martyr” was added to his name because he died as a martyr. Justin was born between the years 114 and 165 […]

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The Apologists (2)

As we remarked last month, the false doctrines which spurred the early New Testament Church on to Scripture-study and the formulation of new confessions of the truth centered chiefly around the doctrine of Christ. This is to be expected, for Christianity centers around Him and professes Him to be the only begotten Son of God […]

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The Apologists (1)

We have called your attention to the fact that during the Apostolic Age there was little doctrinal development in the church. The Apostles had spoken infallibly by the power of the Spirit Who was upon them, and their immediate successors, the Apostolic Fathers who were not infallibly guided, merely repeated their teachings with little attempt […]

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