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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What is the Letter to Diognetus?

Similarly, the world hates the Christians, not because they have done it any wrong, but because they are opposed to its enjoyments. O benefits surpassing all expectation!

The 13th-century manuscript was damaged in that place and the copies were made only after diohnetos damage had already been done. They marry, as do all [others]; they beget children; but they do not destroy their offspring. Christians love those who hate them just as the soul loves the body and all its members despite the body’s hatred.

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? Are they not all corruptible? Is not a fifth iron, consumed by rust? Let your heart be your wisdom; and let your life be true knowledge inwardly received.

Do you not much more mock and insult them, when you worship those that are made of stone and earthenware, without appointing dlognetos persons to guard them; but those made of silver and gold you shut up by night, and appoint epkstle to look after them by day, lest they be stolen?

Translated by Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson.

Letter to Diognetus

They are put to death, and yet they are endued with life. They are evil spoken of, and yet they are vindicated. And when you have attained this knowledgewith what joy do you think you will be filled? At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context.


CHURCH FATHERS: Epistle to Diognetus (Mathetes)

Then the fear of the law is chanted, and the grace of the prophets is knownand the faith of the gospels is established, and the tradition of the Apostles is preserved, and the grace of the Church exults; which grace if you grieve not, you shall know those things which the Word teaches, by whom He wills, and when He pleases. As long, then, as He held and preserved His own wise counsel in concealment, He appeared to neglect us, and to have no care over us. Letter to Diognetusan early Christian apologetic work probably dating from the 2nd or 3rd century ad.

I gladly welcome this zeal in thee, and I ask of God, Who supplieth both the speaking and the hearing to us, that it may be granted to myself to speak in such a way that thou mayest be made better by the hearing, and to thee that thou mayest so listen that I the speaker may not be disappointed. I suppose, then, you are sufficiently convinced that the Christians properly abstain from the ro 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 epistlw of their peculiar mode of worshipping God from any mortal.

They do not inhabit separate cities of their own, or speak a strange dialect, or follow some outlandish way of life.

The soul, though immortal, has a mortal dwelling place; and Christians also live for a time amidst perishable things, while awaiting the freedom from change and decay that will be theirs epitsle heaven. If you also desire [to possess] this faithyou likewise shall receive first of all the knowledge of the Father.

Is not a fourth silver, which needs a man to watch it, lest it be stolen? Regrettably, I can’t reply to every letter, but I greatly appreciate your feedback — especially notifications about typographical errors and inappropriate ads.

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For, who of men at all understood before His coming what God is? Abrahamic prophecy Aggadah Denominations Kabbalah Philosophy. Diogneots the soul is present in every part of the body, while remaining distinct from it, so Christians are found in all the cities of the world, but cannot be identified with the world. Thank You for Your Contribution!

He can, if he is willing. And if you love Him, you will be an imitator of His kindness. 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. To speak in general terms, we may say that the Christian is to the world what the soul is to the body.

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?

Do you not see them exposed to wild beasts, that they may be persuaded to deny the Lord, and yet not overcome? Lord Byron, British Romantic poet and satirist whose poetry and personality captured the imagination….

Every foreign country is a fatherland to them, and every fatherland is foreign. They are in the flesh, but they do not live after the flesh.