Saint Justin the Apologist and philosopher
Celebration date: 01/06
Saint Justin was born in Flavia Neapolis, Palestine in 100 AD. h. His parents, Greek pagans (his father was called Priscus Bacchius), saw to it that Justin received an excellent theological as well as philosophical education, which however was not enough to answer the questions that his restless soul was asking. God seeing the purity and sincere intention of his quests, responded miraculously. and one day when Justin was walking near the sea, he met an old man, who was deeply versed in the truths of the Holy Scriptures, who after the dialogue taught the Saint the Christian doctrine.
When Antoninus Pius was emperor, Justin went to Rome, where he delivered an apology to the emperor, in which he set forth the basic teachings of Christianity and refuted all the accusations against Christians and proved the fallacy of idols, using arguments from the Holy Bible. Because of this action, he was also summoned as an Apologist. However, the Christlike action of Justin, who did not stop preaching the word of God and writing works of an apologetic and pastoral nature, caused the condemnation of the pagans. For this reason, the great philosopher and devout Christian was arrested and after suffering various tortures, he was beheaded in 165 AD. distinguished not only as an apologist of the orthodox faith but also as an athletic martyr.