Justin Martyr Biography
Justin Martyr was a Christian Apologist, best known as the first exponent of the Divine Word, the Logos. He was born into a pagan family in Samaria, in around 100 AD. His father had a Latin name while his grandfather had a Greek name, which gave birth to speculations that they were not natives and that they had come presumably from the Roman Empire. He looked for theological and metaphysical education as a young boy but he was deprived of it and hence, he was never quite satisfied with the education he received. He attended classes of Stoic Philosophy, Peripatetic Philosophy and the Pythagorean Philosophy before he adopted Platonism. However, chance meeting with a Syrian Philosopher, who preached the word of God to him had Justin becoming interested in Christianity. This led Justin to shred off all philosophical education and he began travelling in service of the Divine. Most of the theological works produced by him got lost eventually, but two remained, including the two Apologies and one Dialogue. He also opened a school in Rome and had many students spreading his message around. However, like many saints that questioned the popular beliefs, he was martyred along with some of his students and he ended up attaining sainthood at the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodox Church and the Anglican Church.