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    STUDIA THEOLOGIA ORTHODOXA - Issue no. 2 / 2013  
         
  Article:   THE DISPUTE BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND PAGANISM IN THE FIRST APOLOGY OF ST. JUSTIN MARTYR AND PHILOSOPHER.

Authors:  ANA BACIU.
 
       
         
  Abstract:  The apologists are different from other Church Fathers, first by the content of their writings, and secondly through the purpose and final recipient of the work, in that it ceases to be pedagogical work only, being distinguished by polemic aspects, in opposition with the mentality of Pagan world. Unlike the immobile and terrifying belief of the idols and gods worshipers, the Christian belief is a charismatic one, done directly, immediatelly and individually in relation to the spiritual power of each believer. This reality is confirmed and consecrated by the Holy Sacrements and by the believers who partake with Holy Sacrements. The new approach of Christian life in relation to the pagan traditions, of cultivating idols and gods, is that it emphasizes the human virtue, especially the Christian virtue which has a specific Christocentric character. To the apologistic size of their work an obvious missionary activity is added. The apologists are excellent preachers of the Christian life and percepts of the gospel of Jesus Christ, contributing to the spread of Christianity and the edification of the believers on its meaning.

Keywords: Apologist, Christianity, Paganism, Baptism, Eucharist, Liturgy, Mission.
 
         
     
         
         
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