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Position in Church history. The era of the Apologists in the 2nd century is marked by two movements which led to a new understanding of the faith and of the Church Pagans with an educated grasp of their religion, culture and philosophy received Christian baptism. Christianity responded to changing conditions by abandoning the mentality of the self-contained group to enter the public life of the non-Christian world, which for its part did not remain indifferent to Christianity.

Definition. The term Apologists is used for the 2nd century writers who were the first to debat…

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Norbert Brox, “Apologists”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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