The main accusations against Christians were incest, cannibalism, atheism, and being a subversive group. (Ferguson, p.65-66) These groups of Christians were aloof and with secrecy tendencies which promoted these misconceptions.
The Romans believed in many gods and in “pax deorum”, so having them rejecting their gods and rituals and centering on a god that was not able to be visible made them atheists in their view. Christians were also accused of cannibalism, due to hearing the sharing of the eucharist, sharing the body and drinking the blood of Jesus. Finally, the other main accusation was in regards to sexual immorality, specifically incest as they refered one another as brother and sister when sharing the love feast. (Ferguson, p.66)
The apologists were bold and had to set the trail for the imperative responses of this era. It is necessary to bring up attention to Justin Martyr. He is often referred to as one “of the most important and most influential of the second-century Christian Apologists” (Ferguson, p.71) He centered and based his philosophy in Jesus Christ as the source of all truth (Liftin 2007, Kindle Electronic Edition, Chapter 2, Location 842) He used a common philosophical term, Logos, and leveled it to Jesus Christ. (Liftin 2007, Kindle Electronic Edition, Chapter 2, Location 958) At the same