Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus
Let this first-person apologetic take you back in time to the Roman Empire. Translated into English from the original Latin work written at the turn of the 2nd-3rd century AD, The Apology (Latin: Apologeticum or Apologeticus) is Tertullian's most famous work. In this book, Tertullian, the founder of Latin Christian theology, defends the Christian Church during the Roman Empire's persecution of the Christians. He demands legal toleration and that Christians be treated as all other sects or religions of the Roman Empire. It is in this treatise that one finds the phrase: "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church." Not just theological, this son of a Roman centurion knew how to talk back!