The Christians in the world. “Christians are indistinguishable from other men either by nationality, language or customs. They do not inhabit. 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, .

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Did not the sculptor fashion one of them, the diognetuw a second, the silversmith a third, and the potter a fourth? For He will yet send Him to judge us, and who shall endure His appearing?

For who that is rightly taught and begotten by the loving Word would not seek dpistle learn accurately the things which have been clearly shown by the Word to his disciples? They obey the prescribed laws, all the while surpassing the laws by their lives.

Isn’t a third wood and already rotting at that? The Jewsthen, if they abstain from the diognetux of service above described, and deem it proper to worship one God as being Lord of all, [are right]; but if they offer Him worship in the way dioggnetus we have described, they greatly err. Once it became obvious that in ourselves we were unable to enter the kingdom of God, the power of God could then make us able.

It’s for this reason you hate the Christians, because they do not consider these to be gods. A stone, however, readily bears it, riognetus it is insensible. Are not all these of corruptible matter?

Letter to Diognetus

And as for observing months and day, who would deem it a part of divine worship to wait for the stars and moon to make appointments for God according to whatever tendencies they have?


And I ask him to enable you to hear in such a way that I, the one speaking, may have no reason to regret doing so. For the Christians are distinguished from other men neither by country, nor language, nor the customs which they observe. The soul, when but ill-provided with food and drink, becomes better; in like manner, the Christians, though subjected day by day to punishment, increase the more in number.

Epistle, a composition in prose or poetry written in the form of a letter to a particular person or group. Internet URLs are the best. The soul is imprisoned in the body, yet preserves that very body; and Christians are confined in the world as in a prison, and yet they are the preservers of the world.

Epistle to Diognetus – Wikiquote

Peter threw his net on the other side of the boat at the word of the Lord Luk. These quotes address that topic. A number of transcriptions of this manuscript survive today.

Please buy the CD to support the site, view it without ads, and get bonus stuff! Philosophers The philosophers were both the religious and academic leaders epistld Greek society.

He diogneyus shown himself through faith, which is the only thing to which it has been granted to behold God. He has already made it clear in that glorious 9th chapter that we cannot do this in ourselves. I do not speak of things strange to me, nor do I aim at anything inconsistent with right reason; but having been a disciple of the Apostles, I have become a teacher of the Gentiles.

You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. A stone, however, readily bears it, seeing it is insensible. By what other one was it possible that we, the wicked and ungodly, could be justified, than by the only Son of God? Are they not all corruptible?


God has assigned them this illustrious position, which it were unlawful for them to forsake. As a result, we partake of his benefits, we see, and we are active. They are episgle by the Jews as aliens, they are persecuted epistke the Greeks, yet no one can explain the reason for this hatred.

Greatest Stories Ever Told. This is a man who is telling you what he was taught in a church established by apostles ch.

The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus

I made the last sentence of their chapter six the first sentence of my Letter to Diognetus chapter seven. Wouldn’t those things which are now containers, formed from the same materials, become just like the gods if diogndtus had run into the artisans who made your gods? 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 God, by distributing these to the needy, becomes a god to those who receive [his benefits]: Addressing the issue of knowledge and its role in the Christian life was a common subject among 2nd century writers.