The Epistle TO Diognetus. CHAPTER 1 Since I see, most excellent Diognetus , that thou art exceedingly anxious to understand the religion of the Christians. Answer: The Letter (or Epistle) to Diognetus is a second- or third-century work the Letter to Diognetus purports to be written by a student of the apostles who. The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus is probably the earliest example of Christian apologetics, writings defending Christianity from its accusers.

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The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus

Retrieved from ” https: When punished, they rejoice as if quickened into life; they are assailed by the Jews as foreigners, and are persecuted by the Greeks; yet those who epistke them epistls unable to assign any reason for their hatred. I suppose, then, you are sufficiently convinced that the Christians properly abstain from the vanity and error common [to both Jews and Gentiles ], and from the busybody spirit and vain boasting of the Jews ; but you must not hope to learn the mystery of their peculiar mode of worshipping God from any mortal.

We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. This was not that He at all delighted e;istle our sinsbut that He simply endured them; nor that Diognetua approved the time of working iniquity which then was, but that He sought to form a mind conscious of righteousness, so that being convinced in that time of our unworthiness of attaining life through our own works, it should now, through the kindness of Godbe vouchsafed to us; and having made it manifest that in ourselves we were unable to enter into the kingdom of Godwe might through diognetue power of God be made able.

As long then as the former time endured, He permitted us to be borne along by unruly impulses, being drawn away by the desire of pleasure and various lusts.

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The Epistle survived only in one manuscript which was located in Strasbourg and was destroyed in a fire during diognetis Franco-Prussian War in the year But if any one of these theories be worthy of approbation, every one of the rest of created things might also be declared to be God.

The Christians in the world.

Please buy the CD to support the site, view it without ads, and get bonus stuff! It is often included with the works of the Apostolic Fathers, Greek Christian writers of the late 1st and early 2nd centuries, but it more accurately is associated with the early Apologists primarily 1st century.


But such declarations are simply the startling and erroneous utterances of deceivers; and no man has either seen Him, or made Him knownbut He has revealed Himself.

For, to accept some of those things which have been formed by God for the use of men as properly formed, and to reject others as useless and redundant — how can this be lawful? He can, if God willeth it. Every foreign country is a fatherland to them, and every fatherland is foreign. Translated by Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson.

Of whom some said that fire was Godcalling that God to which they themselves were by and by to come; and some water; and others some other of the elements formed by God.

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They are in epishle flesh, but they do not live after the flesh. Christian Literature Publishing Co. My email address is feedback at newadvent. Are they not fabricated by means of iron and fire? Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight. From Ante-Nicene FathersVol.

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They pass their days upon earth, but they are citizens of heaven. Idognetus soul is dispersed through all the members of the body, and Christians are scattered through all the cities of the world. In all copies, about two lines of the text are missing in the middle. As calling us He sent Him, not as vengefully pursuing us; as loving us He sent Him, not as judging us.

The soul loves epietle flesh that hates it, and [loves also] the members; Christians likewise love those that hate them. Christians love all men, but all men persecute them. This is He who was from the beginning, who appeared as if new, and was found old, and yet who is ever born afresh in the hearts of the saints.

Diognetus was the name of a tutor of the emperor Marcus Aurelius[4] who admired him for his freedom from superstition and sound educational advice.

Are they not all corruptible? You eoistle find eppistle helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. But as to their scrupulosity concerning food, and their superstition as respects the Sabbathsand their boasting about circumcisionand their fancies about fasting and the new moons, which are utterly ridiculous and unworthy of notice — I do not think that you require to learn anything from me. Might not the vessels which are now made out of the same material, if they met with the same artificers, be made like unto such as these?


Having therefore convinced us in the former time that episgle nature was unable to attain to life, and having now revealed the Saviour who is able to save even those things which it was [formerly] impossible to save, by both these facts He desired to lead us to trust in His kindness, to esteem Him our Nourisher, Father, Teacher, Counsellor, Healer, our Wisdom, Light, Honour, Glory, Power, and Life, so that we should not be anxious concerning fpistle and food.

They do not inhabit separate cities of their diognetks, or speak a strange dialect, or follow some outlandish way of life. Contact our editors with your feedback. Condemned because they are not understood, they are put to death, but raised to life again.

What is it about the God they believe in, and the form of religion they observe, that lets them look down upon the world and despise death? Thank you for your feedback. Is not one of them a stone similar diogndtus that on which we tread?

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The immortal soul dwells in a mortal tabernacle; and Christians dwell as sojourners in corruptible [bodies], looking for an incorruptible dwelling in the heavens. But, inhabiting Greek as well as barbarian cities, according as the lot of each of them has determined, and following the customs of the natives in respect to clothing, food, and the rest of their ordinary conduct, they display to us their wonderful and confessedly striking method of life.

Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article. Abrahamic prophecy Aggadah Denominations Kabbalah Philosophy. I minister the things delivered to me to those that are disciples worthy of the truth. To help fight spam, this address might change occasionally. For what other thing was capable of covering our sins than His righteousness?

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