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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Help us improve this article! But in gentleness [and] meekness has He sent Him, as a king might send his son who is a king.
Or, how will you love Him who has first so loved you? As the soul benefits from the deprivation of food and drink, so Christians flourish under persecution. Letter to Diognetusan early Christian apologetic work probably dating from the 2nd or 3rd century ad. Who of us would ever have diogbetus these things? 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?
Are they not without eplstle 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 diignetus 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. They share their meals, but not their wives. Is not a fourth silver, which needs a man to watch it, lest it be stolen?
Wherefore both were planted close together. Do spistle not see them exposed to wild beasts, that they may be persuaded to deny the Lord, and yet not overcome?
A stone, however, readily bears it, seeing it is insensible. Condemned because they are not understood, they are put to death, but raised to life again. In Protestant usage, apologetics can be distinguished from polemics, in which the beliefs of a particular Christian church are defended.
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A blessing is their answer to abuse, deference their response to insult. This does not seem to be the work of man: Is not one of them a stone similar to that on which we tread? Their teaching is not based upon reveries inspired by the curiosity of men. For Godthe Lord and Fashioner of all things, who made all things, and assigned them their several positions, proved Himself not merely a friend of mankindbut also long-suffering [in His dealings with them].
To sum up all in one word — what the soul is in the body, Christians are in the world. For who diignetus is rightly taught and begotten by the loving Word, would not seek to learn accurately the things which have diognettus clearly shown by the Word to His disciplesto whom the Word being manifested has revealed 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?
What is the Letter to Diognetus?
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.
Richardson, Early Christian Fathers, pp.
He was aware, then, of all things in His own mindalong with His Son, according to the relation subsisting between them. Come, then, after you have freed yourself from all prejudices possessing your mindand laid aside what you have been accustomed to, as something apt to deceive you, and being made, as if from the beginning, a new man, inasmuch as, according to your own confession, you are to be the hearer of a new [system of] doctrine; come and contemplate, not with your eyes only, but with your understanding, the substance and the form of those whom you declare and deem to be gods.
Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight.
Epistle to Diognetus
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. 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.
And by those gifts which you mean to present to them, do you not, if spistle are possessed of sense, rather punish [than honour eplstle them?
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 God. They have a common table, but not a common bed. Regrettably, I can’t reply to every letter, but I greatly appreciate your feedback — especially notifications about typographical errors and inappropriate ads. He did not, as one might have imagined, send to men any servant, or angelor ruler, or any one of those who bear sway over earthly things, or one of those to whom the government of things in the heavens has been entrusted, but the very Creator and Fashioner of all things — by whom He made the heavens — by whom he enclosed the sea within its proper bounds — whose ordinances all the stars faithfully observe — from whom the sun has received the measure of his daily course to be observed — whom the moon obeys, being commanded to shine in the night, and whom the stars also obeyfollowing the moon in her course; by whom all things have been arranged, and placed within their proper limits, and to whom all are subject — the heavens and the things that are therein, the earth and the things that are therein, the sea and the things that are therein — fire, air, and the abyss — the things which are in the heights, the things which are in the depths, and the things which lie between.