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Justin Martyr was a Christian apologetic author who eventually sacrificed his life for his faith He experimented with several schools of philosophy before converting to Christianity Justins philosophy offered a sort of marriage of Greco-Roman philosophy with Christian theology He was considered an apologist because he defended Christianity by using philosophers commonly accepted by pagans especially Plato to support the ideals of Christianity In Justins Dialogue with Trypho he discusses how under a Platonist he refined his skills in the realm of philosophy with each day in the company of a wise man who was highly esteemed by the PlatonistsI forged ahead in philosophy and day by day I improved Bart D Ehrman After the New Testament A Reader in Early Christianity p 20 He also illustrates how the grand ideals of Plato took him to another level in his philosophy the Platonic theory added wings to my mindSo great was my folly that I fully expected immediately to gaze upon God for this is the goal of Platos Philosophy Bart D Ehrman After the New Testament A Reader in Early Christianity p 20 This statement also supports the idea of there being one God instead of the polytheistic beliefs of the pagans Justin sites the philosophies of Plato to support the Christian belief in monotheism But the Deity father I rejoinedCannot be seen by the same eyes as other living beings are He is to perceive by the mind alone as Plato affirms and I agree with him Bart D Ehrman After the New Testament A Reader in Early Christianity p 21 Justin supported by Plato argues that there is one God He is not a physical being but one that is spiritual We are connected to God through our beliefs that we hold in our hearts and minds The notion that the soul is immortal is also a disposition that can be supported by Plato Justin states Does not your assertion
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