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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Epistle of Diognetus quote
Christian Literature Publishing Co. Might not these, which are now worshipped by you, again be made by men vessels similar to others? The soul eiognetus in the body, yet is dioggnetus of the body; and Christians dwell in the world, yet are not of the world. For, as I said, this was no mere earthly invention which was delivered to them, nor is it a mere human system of opinion, which they judge it right to preserve so carefully, nor has a dispensation of mere human mysteries been committed to them, but truly God Himself, who is almighty, the Creator of all things, and invisible, has sent from heaven, and placed among men[Him who is] the truthand the holy and incomprehensible Word, and has firmly established Him in their hearts.
The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus Greek: They are attacked by the Jews as aliens, they are persecuted by the Greeks, yet no one can explain the reason for this hatred.
For God has loved mankindon whose account He made the world, to whom He rendered subject all the things that are in it, to whom He gave reason and understanding, to whom alone He imparted the privilege of looking upwards to Himself, whom He formed after His own image, to whom He sent His only-begotten Son, to whom He has promised a kingdom in heaven, and will give it to those who have loved Him.
They dwell in their own countries, but simply as sojourners. He can, if God willeth it.
Are they not without life? It riognetus by the soul, enclosed within the body, that the body is held together, and similarly, it is by the Christians, detained in the world as in a prison, that the world is held together. Some have ascribed these additions to Hippolytusbased on similarities of thought and style. Are they not all prone to decay?
But those who imagine that, by means of blood, and the smoke of sacrifices and burnt-offerings, they offer sacrifices [acceptable] to Doognetus, and that by such honours they show Him respect, — these, by supposing that diignetus 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. For neither can life exist without knowledgenor is knowledge secure without life.
The Epistle survived only in one manuscript which was located in Strasbourg and was destroyed in a fire during the Franco-Prussian War in the year Before they were moulded 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?
Is not one of them a stone similar to that on which we tread? 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.
And next, I imagine that you are most desirous of hearing something on this point, that the Christians do not observe the same forms of divine worship as do the Jews. Diognetus was the name of a tutor of the emperor Marcus Aurelius who admired him for his freedom from superstition and sound educational advice.
In Protestant usage, apologetics can be distinguished from polemics, in which the beliefs of a particular Christian church are defended. 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.
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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. Every foreign country is a fatherland to them, and every fatherland is foreign. Voltaire, one of the greatest of all French writers. Do ye not much rather mock and insult them, worshipping those that are of stone and earthenware unguarded, but shutting up those that are of silver and gold by night, and setting guards over them by day, to prevent their being stolen?
If you also desire [to possess] this faithyou likewise shall receive first of all the knowledge of the Father.
Diognetus. The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus (translation J.B. Lightfoot).
This page was last edited on 16 Septemberat But not a single human being will, unless compelled to it, endure such treatment, since he is endowed with sense and reason.