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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This does not seem to be the work of man: But if, on the other hand, they are destitute of sense, you convict them of this fact, while you worship them with blood and the smoke of sacrifices.
That the wickedness of many should be hid in a single righteous One, and that the righteousness of Episyle should justify many transgressors! Who of us would ever have expected these things?
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The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus Greek: For, to accept some of those things which have been formed by God for the use of men as properly formed, epistlr to reject others as useless and redundant — how can this be lawful?
Views Read Edit View history. For whatever things we are moved to utter by the will of the Word commanding us, we communicate to you with pains, and from a love of the things that have been revealed to us. The Apostle, perceiving the force [of this conjunction], and blaming diogneto knowledge which, without true doctrine, is admitted to influence life, declares, Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. Was not every one of them, before they were formed by the arts of these elistle into the shape of these [gods], each in its own way subject to change?
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Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus
To sum up all in one word — what the soul is in the body, Christians are in the world. Do you accept of the vain and silly doctrines of those who are deemed trustworthy philosophers? Voltaire, one of the greatest of all French writers. 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.
Let any one of you suffer such indignities! Are not all these of corruptible matter?
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 Is not a second brass, in no way superior to those vessels which are constructed for our ordinary use? They are defamed, but vindicated. Do you not see them exposed to wild beasts, that they may be persuaded to deny the Lord, and yet not overcome?
Unlike some other people, they champion no purely human doctrine. Your contribution may epjstle further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval.
Let any one of you endure to have such things done to himself! As long, then, as He diognetis and preserved His own wise counsel in concealment, He appeared to neglect us, and to have no care over us. Contact our editors with your feedback. My email address is feedback at newadvent. As citizens, they share in all things with others, and epislte endure all things as if foreigners. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For which reason Epistld sent the Word, that He might be manifested to the world; and He, being despised by the people [of the Jews ], was, when preached by the Apostles, believed on by the Gentiles.
Letter to Diognetus
It is widely believed that the last two chapters were added at a later time. The final two chapters, a sermon, were evidently written by a different author, also unknown. He was aware, then, of all things in His own mindalong with His Son, according to the relation subsisting between them. Letter to Diognetus early Christian work. And if you love Him, you will be an imitator of His kindness.
Obedient to the laws, they yet live on a level that transcends the law. Wikisource has original text related to this article: Similarly, the world hates the Christians, not because they have done it any wrong, but because they are opposed to its enjoyments.
They play their full role as citizens, but labor under all the disabilities of aliens. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Diognetus was a tutor of the emperor Marcus Aurelius, who admired him for his freedom from superstition and sound educational advice Meditations 1. They suffer dishonor, but that is their glory.
By no means, but under the influence of clemency and meekness.