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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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Father of all holiness, guide our hearts to you. Wikisource has original text related to this article: They are in the flesh, but they do not live after the diognstos. 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. Similarly, the world hates the Christians, not because they have done it any wrong, but because they are opposed to its enjoyments. Was not every one of them, before they were formed by the arts of these [workmen] into the shape of these [gods], each in its own way subject to change? For this reason you hate the Christiansbecause they do not deem these to be gods. It is widely believed that the last two chapters were added at a later time.

See not only with thine eyes, but with thine intellect also, of what substance or of what form they chance to be whom wpistle call and regard as gods.

And to glory in the circumcision of the flesh as a proof of election, and as if, on account of it, they were diognetod beloved by God — how is it not a subject of ridicule? Diognetus was a tutor of the emperor Marcus Aurelius, who admired him for his freedom from superstition and sound educational advice Meditations 1.

For, who of men at all understood before His coming what God is? If you also desire [to possess] this faithyou likewise shall receive first of all the knowledge of the Diiognetos.

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Wikiquote has quotations related to: Bearing this tree and displaying its fruit, you shall always gather in those things which are desired by Godwhich the Serpent cannot dioognetos, and to which deception does not approach; nor is Eve then corrupted, but is trusted as a virgin ; and salvation is manifested, and the Eepistle are filled with understanding, and the Passover of the Lord advances, and the choirs are gathered together, and are arranged in proper order, and the Word rejoices in teaching the saints — by whom the Father is glorified: And by episle gifts which you mean to present to them, do you not, if they are possessed of sense, rather punish [than honour ] them?


Before they were dioynetos into this shape by the crafts of these several artificers, was it not possible for each one of them to have been changed in form and made to resemble these several utensils? And when you have attained this knowledgewith what joy do you think you will be filled?

Then you shall see, while still on earth, that God in the heavens rules over [the universe ]; then you shall begin to diognrtos the mysteries of God ; then shall you both love and admire those epislte suffer punishment because they will not deny God ; then shall you condemn the deceit and error of the world when you shall know what it is to live truly in heaven, when you shall despise that which is here esteemed to be death, when you shall fear what is truly death, which is reserved for those who shall be condemned to the eternal firewhich shall afflict those even to the end that are committed to it.

They share their meals, but not their wives. I am not sure if there is evidence to resolve the question.

As calling us He sent Him, not as vengefully pursuing us; as loving us He sent Him, not as judging us.

I can see that you deeply desire to learn how Christians worship their God. Every foreign land is to them as their native country, and every land of epist,e birth as a land of strangers.

They marry, as do all [others]; they beget children; but they do not destroy their offspring. The invisible soul is guarded by the visible body, and Christians are known indeed to be in the world, but their godliness remains invisible. Help diognetis improve this article!

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For He will yet send Him to judge us, and who shall endure His appearing? Having therefore convinced us in the former time that our 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] diognegos 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 clothing and food.

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? This was not that He at all delighted in our sinsbut that He simply endured them; nor that He approved the time of working iniquity which then was, dilgnetos 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 the power of God be made able.


They live in their own countries as though they were only passing through. The author prefers, rather, to refer to the “son” as “the Word. 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. The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus Greek: Keep Exploring Britannica Lord Byron. They are unknown and condemned; they are put to deathand restored to life. Are not they all deaf and blind, are diognstos not soul-less, senseless, motionless?

Obedient to the laws, they yet live on a level that transcends the law.

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In Protestant usage, apologetics can be distinguished from polemics, in which the beliefs of a particular Christian church are defended. The soul loves the flesh that hates it, and [loves also] the members; Christians likewise love those that hate them. They play their full role as citizens, but labor under all the disabilities of aliens. For who that is rightly taught and begotten by the loving Word, would not seek to learn accurately the things which have been clearly shown by the Word to His disciplesto whom the Word being manifested has revealed them, speaking plainly [to them], not understood indeed by the unbelieving, but conversing with the discipleswho, being esteemed faithful by Him, acquired a knowledge of the mysteries of the Father?

For neither can life exist without knowledgenor is knowledge secure without life. Is not epitle fourth silver, which needs a t to watch it, lest it be stolen? Abrahamic prophecy Aggadah Denominations Kabbalah Philosophy.

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 in this place the tree of knowledge and the tree of life have been planted; but it is not the tree of knowledge that destroys — it is disobedience that proves destructive.

O benefits surpassing all expectation! 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.