Thursday Book Review – First Apology by Justin Martyr

Today I’m going to review the First Apology by Justin Martyr. Justin was born in Samaria in 100 AD and was martyred in Rome in 165 AD. This means it’s highly likely Justin new personally, or at least new of, Polycarp. Polycarp was personally disciples by John, so you can see the line of faithful men carrying the Gospel from generation to generation. Justin studied philosophy but was unfulfilled by what he learned, until he heard the Gospel. 


His works, like his first and second apology, were aimed at forming a legal defense to stop the extreme persecution of his Christian brothers and sisters. The First Apology of Justin Martyr, written to the Emperor of Rome, is as important for the church to read as the Pilgrims Progress, in my opinion. Not just for the apologetic aspect, but the historical content. It’s not just a blessing to read how our spiritual fathers lived, and died for Christ, but it also gives us a glimpse into the early church practices. 

In other words, beloved, I recommend this book to everyone! It’s almost 1900 years old, so it’s in the public domain. This means you can download a free PDF version, listen to a free audio version, or purchase an inexpensive Kindle version. I hope you’ll be edified by this book, dear brethren, and as always be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

The First Apology of Justin Martyr PDF
The First Apology of Justin Martyr Kindle Version

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Historical Theology – Lectures by Dr. Nathan Busenitz

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Hello again beloved friends, I just wanted to take a quick moment to recommend this lecture series on historical theology. It’s not just absolutely fascinating, it’s also pertinent to the times we’re living in. There are so many theological falsehoods today, it’s helpful to ground yourself with a greater knowledge of the historical beliefs of the church.


I find this to be particularly imperative for the leaders of the church, and the men in each household. My daughter is 6 and she wants to be exactly like daddy (that’s her wearing his glasses up top) I am so blessed to be able to teach her, and we have a lot of fun learning, however when daddy speaks she hangs on every word. Perhaps that’s the case in your home? That makes a clear understanding of theology even more important. We need to know how to correct our brothers in sisters lovingly, and also how to teach those under us.

I hope you will all find this as interesting, and instructive, as I have!