This type of writing is also called an apologetics letter or an apology. Although neither author nor recipient is known for certain, the Letter to Diognetus purports . Letter to Diognetus, an early Christian apologetic work probably dating from the 2nd or 3rd century ad. It is often included with the works of the Apostolic Fathers, . The Epistle TO Diognetus. CHAPTER 1 Since I see, most excellent Diognetus , that thou art exceedingly anxious to understand the religion of the Christians.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Is not a third wood, and that already rotten? Are they not forged by iron and fire? The 13th-century manuscript was damaged in that place and the copies were made only after that damage had already been done. Is not a second brass, in no way superior to those vessels which are constructed for our ordinary use? For while the Gentilesby offering such things to those that are destitute of sense and hearing, furnish an example of madness ; they, on the other hand by thinking to offer these things to God as if Dpistle needed them, might justly reckon it rather an act of folly than of divine worship.

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Epistle of Diognetus quote

In Protestant usage, apologetics can be distinguished from polemics, in which the beliefs of a particular Christian church are defended. Gospels Matthew Mark Luke John. Christian Literature Publishing Co. See not only with thine eyes, but with thine intellect also, of what substance or of what form they chance to be whom ye call and regard as gods. 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.

They marry, as do all [others]; they beget children; but they do not destroy their offspring. They live in their own countries as though they were only passing through. Let your heart be your wisdom; and let your life be true knowledge inwardly received. Christianity Hinduism Islam Jainism Judaism.

CHURCH FATHERS: Epistle to Diognetus (Mathetes)

A late 2d century apology addressed to a certain Diognetus who is otherwise unknown. For it is not by ruling over his neighbours, or by seeking to hold the supremacy over those that are weaker, or by being rich, and showing violence towards those that are inferior, that happiness is found; nor can any one by duognetus things become an imitator of God.


And He has manifested Himself through faithto which alone it is given to behold God. 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?

The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus

To help fight spam, this address might change occasionally. I cordially welcome this ddiognetus of yours, and I implore Godwho enables us both to speak and to hear, to grant to me so to speak, that, above all, I may hear you have been edified, and to you so to hear, that I who speak may have no cause of regret for having done so. The soul dwells in the body, yet is not of the body; and Christians dwell in the world, yet are not of the world.

But not a single human being will, unless compelled to it, endure such treatment, since he is endowed with sense and reason. The Jewsthen, if they abstain from the kind of service above described, and deem it proper to worship one God as being Lord of epistlr, [are right]; but if they offer Him worship in the way which we have described, they greatly err.

Is not one of them a stone similar to that on which we tread? With regard to dress, food and manner of life in general, they follow the customs of whatever city they happen to be living in, whether it is Greek or foreign.

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. Both the person addressed and the author of the work are unknown, although at one time the apologist Justin Martyr was erroneously considered the author.

The Christians in the world. But those who imagine that, by means of blood, and the smoke of sacrifices and burnt-offerings, they offer sacrifices [acceptable] to Him, and that by such honours they show Him respect, — these, by supposing that they can give anything to Him who needs nothing, appear to me in no respect to differ from those who studiously confer the same honour on things destitute of sense, and which therefore are unable to enjoy such honours.


Gospels Matthew Mark Luke John. When you have read and carefully listened to these things, you shall know what God bestows on such as rightly love Him, being made [as you are] a paradise of delight, presenting in yourselves a tree bearing all kinds of produce and flourishing well, being adorned with various fruits.

The soulwhen but ill-provided with food and drink, becomes better; in like manner, the Christiansxiognetus subjected day by day to punishment, increase the more in number. Please try again later. But as to their scrupulosity diongetus 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.

Are they not blind? They have a common table, but not a common bed.

Please buy the CD to support the site, view it without ads, and get bonus stuff! Any country can be their homeland, but for them their homeland, wherever it may be, is a foreign country. Nay, not so much as a single individual will willingly submit to such punishment, for he has sensibility and reason; but a stone submits, because it is insensible. Letter to Diognetusan early Christian apologetic work probably dating from the 2nd or 3rd century ad.

They share their meals, but not their wives. This page was last edited on 16 Septemberat For Godthe Lord and Fashioner of all things, who made all things, and assigned them their several positions, proved Himself not merely a friend of mankindbut also long-suffering [in His dealings with them].

In all copies, about two lines of the text are missing in the middle. And yet there is something extraordinary about their lives.