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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Patristic literature, body of literature that comprises those works, excluding the New Testament, written by Christians before the 8th century.
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As citizens, they share in all things with others, and yet endure all things as if foreigners. Are they not destitute of feeling? Let any one of you endure to have such things done to himself!
Who of us would ever have expected these things? Every foreign land is to them as their native country, and every land of their birth as a land of strangers. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. I suppose, then, you are sufficiently convinced that the Christians properly abstain from the vanity 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 mystery of their peculiar mode of worshipping God from any mortal.
The first 10 chapters of the letter discuss pagan and Jewish religions, the life of a Christian as contrasted with the life of a non-Christian, and a review of the Christian faith as the unique revelation of God. But not a single human being will, unless compelled to it, endure such treatment, since he is endowed with sense and reason.
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. They suffer dishonor, but that is their glory. The work survived antiquity in one 13th—14th-century manuscript, which was destroyed by fire in StrasbourgFr.
They are put to death, and yet they are endued with life. The soulwhen but ill-provided with food and drink, becomes better; in like manner, the Christiansthough subjected day by day to punishment, increase the more in number. 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.
By no means, but under the influence of clemency and meekness. 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 these things become an imitator of Epist,e.
These things you call gods; these you serve; these you worship; and you become altogether like them. Keep in the light of your truth all those you have freed from the darkness of unbelief.
Are not they all deaf and blind, are they not soul-less, senseless, motionless? Unlike some other people, they champion no purely human doctrine.
The editor of New Advent is Kevin Knight. What is it about the God they believe in, and the form of religion they observe, that lets them look down upon the world and despise death?
Gospels Matthew Mark Luke John. It is 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.
Are they not forged by iron and fire? The course of conduct which they follow has not diognehos devised by any speculation or deliberation of inquisitive men; nor do they, like some, proclaim themselves the advocates of any merely human doctrines.
For, who of men at all understood before His coming what God is? They marry, as do all [others]; they beget children; but they do not destroy their offspring.
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Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus
In Protestant usage, apologetics can be distinguished from polemics, in which the beliefs of a particular Christian church are defended.
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For neither can life exist without knowledgenor is knowledge secure without life. The Apostle, perceiving the force [of this conjunction], and blaming that knowledge which, without true doctrine, is admitted to influence life, declares, Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.
From Diognetow, the free encyclopedia. And He has manifested Himself through epkstleto which alone it is given to behold God. You have so carefully and earnestly asked your questions about them: Thank you for your feedback.
For the good they do they receive the punishment of malefactors, but even then they, rejoice, as though receiving the gift of life. 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.
The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus
We diognegos suggested improvements to any of our articles. And yet there is something extraordinary about their lives. They pass their days upon earth, but they are citizens of heaven.