Early Christian Apologists

Learn what the early Christian apologists had to say! An overview of Christian apologists up to the 3rd Century AD.

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This course provides an overview of the major Christian apologists up to the 3rd century AD in order to answer the following questions:

  • What is an “apology” and an “apologist?”
  • What was the role of the early Christian apologists?
  • Who are the major apologists of the first few centuries AD?
  • What were their major writings?
  • What were the charges the apologists were answering?
  • What common arguments did the apologists use?
  • How can we use their example in our own time?

The Course Content includes:

  • Justin Martyr - Rome, ~ 100 to 165 AD
    • First Apology
    • Second Apology
  • Tertullian - Carthage, ~ 155 to 240 AD
    • Apology
    • On the Spectacles
  • Athenagoras - Athens, ~ 133 to 190AD
    • Embassy for the Christians
    • Resurrection of the Dead
  • Irenaeus - Bishop of Lyons, ~ early 2nd century to 202 AD
    • Against Heresies
    • Proof of the Apostolic Preaching
  • Marcus Minucius Felix - Rome, ~ late 2nd century to 250 AD
    • Octavius

Your Instructor

Aaron Simms
Aaron Simms

Aaron Simms is an author and writer specializing in Christian theology, history, and classical studies. He is also a pastor in The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod and a member of the American Academy of Religion.

He has a B.S. in International Affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an M.S. in International Relations (National Security Concentration) from Troy University, and a pastoral diploma (4-year Specific Ministry Pastor program) from Concordia Seminary St. Louis.

His interests include the foundations of the Christian faith, history, current events, and international affairs. When he's not writing, blogging, preaching, or working, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, hiking, and running.

His blog is at:


Class Curriculum

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