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Saint Justin Martyr (c. 100–165)

Saint Justin Martyr (c. 100–165)

Patron saint of philosophers, speakers, and apologists

Feast day: June 1

Saint Justin was on a never-ending quest for religious truth. He was a pagan philosopher who converted to Christianity through Scripture study and witnessing the bravery and unwavering faith of martyrs. Justin found that Christianity answered questions about life better than what he had heard from philosophers.

He became the first Christian philosopher and used his knowledge of philosophy and his eloquent speaking skills to explain Christianity to pagans. His notoriety was eventually his undoing, and he was beheaded in Rome for refusing to renounce his Christian religion. 

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