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The texts of early Christian apologists are an example of a clear argumentative reaction to a number of external and internal challenges. The internal ones included changes in the size and structure of the community, increased heterodoxia, and a decrease in eschatological moods. Among the external – on the one hand, the growth of hostility and systematic persecution on the part of Rome, on the other, the specific atmosphere of the "age of the Antonines", age of imperators who practiced, atdoi:10.17516/1997-1370-0650 fatcat:icangcbexzbzdfk7btxxezucxq