St. Justin was born in Samaria at the beginning of the second century.
After spending years studying pagan philosophies, his quest for religious
truth led him to investigate the Christian religion, which he found answered
the great questions of life and existence better than pagan philosophy.
Already impressed by the zeal of Christian Martyrs, he became a convert to the
After his conversion, Justin moved to Rome where he opened a school in which he
taught the best elements of Greek philosophy in the context of Christian
He is known as an apologist - one who defended in
writing the Christian faith against the attacks and misunderstandings of the
pagans. Among his writings are some of the earliest accounts of the
celebrations of Baptism and of the Eucharist. Because of his faith in Christ, he
was martyred by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius around the year 165.