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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Our editors will review what you’ve eistle, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article. For, who of men at all understood before His coming what God is?

Letter to Diognetus early Christian work. Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. On the contrary he who takes upon himself the burden of his neighbour; he who, in whatsoever respect he may be superior, is ready to benefit another who is deficient; he who, whatsoever things he has received from Godby distributing these to the needy, becomes a god to those who receive [his benefits]: Let any one of you suffer such indignities!

And marvel not that a man can be an imitator of God. The course of conduct which they follow has not been devised by any speculation or deliberation of inquisitive men; nor do they, like some, proclaim themselves the advocates of any merely human doctrines.

Epistle to Diognetus

Having therefore convinced us in the former time that our nature was unable to attain to life, and having now revealed the Saviour who is able to save djognetus those things which it was [formerly] impossible to save, by both these facts He desired to lead us to trust in Siognetus kindness, to esteem Him our Nourisher, Father, Teacher, Counsellor, Healer, our Wisdom, Light, Honour, Glory, Power, and Life, so that we should not be anxious concerning clothing and food.

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. Christianity Hinduism Islam Jainism Judaism.

So Christians have their abode in the world, and yet they are not of the world. Of whom some said that fire was Godcalling that God to which they themselves diignetus by and by to come; and some water; and others some other of the elements formed by God.


Diognetus. The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus (translation J.B. Lightfoot).

As the soul benefits from the deprivation of food and drink, so Christians flourish under persecution. They are put to death, and yet they are endued with life. But when epistld wickedness had reached its height, and it had been clearly shown that its reward, punishment and death, was impending over us; and when the time had come which God had before appointed for manifesting His own kindness and power, how the one love of Godthrough exceeding regard for men, did not regard us with hatrednor thrust us away, nor remember our iniquity diognteus us, but showed great long-suffering, and bore with us, He Himself took on Him the burden of our iniquities, He gave His own Son as a ransom for us, the holy One for transgressors, the blameless One for the wickedthe righteous One for the unrighteous, the incorruptible One for the corruptible, the immortal One for those who are mortal.

And why has this new group and their practices come to life only now, and not long ago?

Please try again later. 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 digonetus edifies. And to glory in the circumcision of the flesh as a proof of election, and as if, on account of it, they were specially beloved by God — how is it not a subject of ridicule?

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 epistld 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.

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 disciplesdignetus whom the Word being manifested has epstle 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?


You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. The body hates the soul and wars against it, not because of any injury the epsitle has done it, but because of the restriction the soul places on its pleasures.

They live in their own countries as though they were only passing through.

For, to accept some of those things which have been formed by God for the use of men as properly formed, and to reject others as useless and redundant — how can this be lawful? But he who combines knowledge with fearand seeks after life, plants in hope, looking for fruit. They are in want of all things, and yet they abound in all things.

CHURCH FATHERS: Epistle to Diognetus (Mathetes)

Diognetus was a tutor of the emperor Marcus Aurelius, who admired him for his freedom from superstition and sound educational advice Meditations 1. In all copies, about two lines of the text are missing in the middle. The invisible soul is guarded by the visible body, and Christians are known indeed to be in the world, but their godliness remains invisible.

And by those gifts which you mean to present to them, do you not, if they are possessed of sense, rather punish [than honour ] them? Wikiquote has quotations related to: But as to their scrupulosity concerning food, and their superstition as respects the Sabbathsand their boasting about circumcisionand their fancies about fasting and the new moons, which are utterly ridiculous and unworthy of notice — I do not think that fpistle require to learn anything from me.

For while the Gentilesby offering such things to those that are destitute epustle sense and hearing, furnish an example of madness ; they, on the other hand by thinking to offer these things to God as if He needed them, might justly reckon it rather an act of folly than of divine worship.