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Apologist - Coptic Wiki


is the title given to a group of the Church Fathers who strove in the second century to defend Christianity against attacks. They tried to explain the principles of religion, showing that Christianity is compatible with good citizenship, contrary to the belief that refusing to worship the emperor constituted a plot against the state. Some of the wrote to defend Christianity from the attacks of the Jews, and they also wrote inviting the heretics to return to the Church.

In the Coptic , only the work of survived. Melito was a bishop of Sardis in in the beginning of the second century. According to Eusebius of Caesarea, exerted many efforts to defend Christianity before Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Also according to the same author, of Alexandria wrote a book on of Christ, transmitting to his friends the traditions received from of Sardis. In Coptic, we have his homily on the Passion of Christ.