Christian Tradition Study Guide

Early Christian Apologies

Important people, terms, and concepts; know their significance for Christianity

“Christians before Christ”

Study Questions:

In class we will discuss the “apologies.” 

Athenagorus describes some of the accusations against Christians. What are they?  (Make a list.) How does Athenagorus defend Christianity against these accusations?







Justin also describes accusations against Christians. What are they? (Make a list.) How does he defend Christianity's legitimacy?










Which argument do you think would have been most persuasive to an ancient pagan?  What do you think would not have been persuasive to an ancient pagan? Why? If it’s not persuasive, why is it in there?  (Assume the authors are not idiots.)







You are welcome to bring any other questions/discussion topics to class as well.