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, . Chapter 1. Occasion of the epistle. Most excellent Diognetus: I can see that you deeply desire to learn how Christians worship their God. You have so carefully. 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.

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There you can learn the life and doctrine of the apostles churches, be inspired by them to a more powerful faith, and find out why we so desperately need their influence today. They dwell in their own countries, but simply as sojourners. Are they not all blind?

The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus

As long, then, as that previous era lasted, he allowed us to be carried along by unruly desires and to be dragged around by the longing for pleasure and by various lusts. For they neither inhabit cities of their own, nor employ a peculiar form of speech, nor lead a life which is marked out by any singularity.

As a Savior he sent him, and as an attempt to persuade and not compel us. It is widely believed that the last two chapters were added at a later time. To glory in the circumcision of the flesh as a proof of election—as though because of it they are especially loved by God—how can this not be a subject of ridicule?

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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 even those things which it was [formerly] impossible to save, by both these facts He desired to lead us to trust in His 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. What about the affection they all have for each other?


I’m going to suppose, then, that this is sufficient to convince you that Christians are correct in abstaining from the pride and error that is so common and from the nosiness and useless boasting of the Jews. Keep Exploring Britannica Lord Byron.

The do not, like some, proclaim themselves the advocates of merely human doctrines. Is not a fifth iron, consumed by rust? But they also did not want to be devoid of knowledge.

Let any one of you endure to have such things done to himself! Philosophers The philosophers were both the religious and academic leaders of Greek society. Luke comments on this in Acts, saying:. But he who combines knowledge with fearand seeks after life, plants in hope, looking for fruit.

Read those two Scriptures I just gave you, and then read Exodus from chapter 20 the delivery of the 10 commandments forward, and see if you don’t agree with the argument of the early Christians, which is not only here in the Letter to Diognetus, but is consistent and repeated throughout the 2nd century writings. Email Name Don’t worry—your e-mail address is totally secure.

Epistle to Diognetus – Wikipedia

They are in the flesh, but diogneyus do not live after the flesh. In all copies, about two lines of the text are missing in the middle.

They marry, as do all [others]; they beget diognetu but they do not destroy their offspring. As calling us he sent him, not as One pursuing us in vengeance. The Letter to Diognetus changed all that with one statement: Are they not without life? Instead, he sent the very Creator and Fashioner of all things, the One by whom he made the heavens, by whom he enclosed the seas within its set boundaries, whose ordinances the stars faithfully observe, by whom the sun is told the distance of his daily course to run, whom the moon obeys, being commanded to shine in the night, and whom the stars also obey, following the moon on her route.


That would not typical Scriptural usage. Christians of the second century presented diogneuts most amazing Scriptural argumentsbased on Jer. William Shakespeare, English poet, dramatist, and actor, often called the English national poet and considered…. Any country can be their homeland, but for them their homeland, wherever it may be, is a foreign country.

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. After all, by your own admission, you are going to be listening to a new teaching.

He diogetus through whom he wants and whenever he pleases. Is not one of them a stone similar to that on which we tread? I made the last sentence of their chapter six the first sentence of my Letter to Diognetus chapter seven.