Justin Martyr was a second century Christian apologist.
His apology is dedicated to Emperor Antoninus, who ruled from 138-161.
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Justin's first work seems to have been his treatise Against all Heresies [now lost] . The work is addressed to Antoninus Pius and his two adopted sons.
Later he composed his Apology now divided into two parts.
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Its date may be given by Justin's insistence on eternal fire for the wicked, for in the year 156 Polycarp of Smyrna, favorably received at Rome the year before, was burned alive after threatening his judge with "eternal fire." Justin's essay begins with the demand to investigate accusations and explains what Christians believe and do.
The so-called "second apology" looks like a continuation of the first, perhaps with more emphasis on the philosophy espoused by the future emperor Marcus Aurelius.
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