By Sarah Levesque (Rated G)
Justin Martyr was an early Christian apologist, born about the year 100 AD. He was a student of philosophy and was converted circa 130 AD in part by the witness of martyrs going joyfully to their deaths. After his conversion, Justin wrote multiple works defending the Christian faith. We have copies of three – two merely called “Apologies,” and one called “Dialogue with the Jew Tryphon”. Arrested during the persecution of the Early Church and threatened with torture, Justin and his companions accepted their sentence, saying, “That is our desire, to be tortured for Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and so to be saved, for that will give us salvation and firm confidence at the more terrible universal tribunal of Our Lord and Saviour.” They were summarily beheaded.
May we, like Justin, be ready to defend our faith with our arguments, our actions, and even our lives.