Please help support the mission of New Advent and get the full contents of this website as an instant download. Most excellent Diognetus: I can see that you deeply desire to learn how Christians worship their God. You have so carefully and earnestly asked your questions about them: 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? Why do they reject the Greek gods and the Jewish superstitions alike? What about the affection they all have for each other? And why has this new group and their practices come to life only now, and not long ago?

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Robert M. A late 2d century apology addressed to a certain Diognetus who is otherwise unknown. Diognetus was a tutor of the emperor Marcus Aurelius, who admired him for his freedom from superstition and sound educational advice Meditations 1. The work itself survived with other writings ascribed to Justin only in a 13th century manuscript, formerly at Strasbourg but burned during the invasion of It is widely believed that the last two chapters were added at a later time.

There are two schools as to its dating, one which favors a date approximately CE and the other which favors a date approximately CE or even later in the third century. I am not sure if there is evidence to resolve the question. This work is an apology for the Christians, although the term Jesus or Christ is nowhere found in it, as the author seems to prefer the use of the term "the Word. Please buy the CD to support the site, view it without ads, and get bonus stuff!

Kirby, Peter. Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus At a Glance. Discuss this text on the Early Writings forum. Follow mrpeterkirby.

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Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus

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, Greek Christian writers of the late 1st and early 2nd centuries, but it more accurately is associated with the early Apologists primarily 1st century. 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. The work survived antiquity in one 13th—14th-century manuscript, which was destroyed by fire in Strasbourg , Fr. 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. The final two chapters, a sermon, were evidently written by a different author, also unknown. Letter to Diognetus.


Letter to Diognetus

This rendition of the Letter to Diognetus is in my own words, taken from the Ante-Nicene Fathers , vol. I haven't left anything out, and where any important issue comes up, I've leaned towards not changing the wording of the Edinburgh translators. Do not miss chapters 5 and 9! As you read, you'll find my comments sprinkled throughout in text boxes. These are not meant to interpret the text for you, although I do some of that. Instead, I'm trying to show you what early Christianity was like.

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