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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So in regard to the fact that Christians are not used to serving gods like that, I could easily find many other things to say; however, if what has already been said is not enough for anyone, then I consider it a waste of time to say anything else.

He is, however, familiar with Christian arguments made by those who are familiar with the Scriptures. But if, on the other hand, they are destitute of sense, ye convict them of this fact, while ye worship them with blood and the smoke of sacrifices. Are they not blind?

Epistle to Diognetus

Wherefore both were planted close together. As citizens, they share in all things with others, and yet endure all things as if foreigners. Return to Early Christianity.

When punished, they rejoice as if quickened into life; they are assailed by the Jews as foreigners, and are persecuted by the Greeks; yet those who hate them are unable to assign any reason for their hatred.

They knew that you could purify your soul by obeying the Truth 1 Pet. Every foreign land is to them as their native country, and every land of their birth as a land of strangers. O benefits surpassing all expectation! Then shall you admire those who for righteousness’ sake endure the fire that is but for a moment, and shall count them happy when you shall know [the nature of] that fire. By what other one was it possible that we, the wicked and ungodly, could be justified, than by the only Son of God?

He can, if he is willing. Christians of the second century presented the most amazing Scriptural argumentsbased on Jer. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Philosophy thrived in Eppistle and Rome at that time, and knowledge was everything. Not a single human being will put up with that kind of treatment unless he’s forced to, and it’s because he’s endowed with sense and reason.


Off final two chapters, a sermon, were evidently written by a different author, also unknown. Let any one of you tolerate having that done to yourself!

Epistle to Diognetus – Wikipedia

He formed in his mind a great and unspeakable idea, which he communicated to his Son alone. Then the fear of the law is chanted, and the grace of the prophets is knownand the faith of the gospels is established, and the tradition of the Apostles is preserved, and the grace of the Church exults; which grace if you grieve not, you shall know those things which the Word teaches, by whom He wills, and when He pleases.

Isn’t a fifth iron, consumed by rust?

Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. The Greek writer and recipient are not otherwise known; estimates of dating based on the language and other textual evidence have ranged from AD [1] which would make it one of the earliest examples of apologetic literatureto the late 2nd century, with the latter often preferred in modern scholarship. The Apostle, perceiving the force [of this conjunction], and blaming that knowledge which, without true doctrine, is admitted to influence life, declares, “Knowledge puffeth up, but love edifieth.

Apologetics, in Christianity, the intellectual defense of the truth of the Christian religion, usually considered a branch of theology. The immortal episte dwells in a mortal tabernacle, and Christians live as travelers in perishable bodies, looking for an imperishable home in the heavens.

As loving us he sent him, not as judging us. Although only a few of his works are still read,…. God has assigned them this illustrious position, which it were unlawful for them to forsake. Gospels Matthew Mark Luke John. These things ye call gods; these ye serve; these ye worship; and ye become altogether like to them.

You’ll notice that the writer does not quote a single Scripture, neither from the Old Testament nor the New. They marry, as do all [others]; they beget children; but they do not destroy their offspring. They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven.


As long then as the former time endured, He permitted us to be borne along by unruly impulses, being drawn away by the desire of pleasure and various lusts. Is not a fourth silver, which needs a man to watch it, lest it be stolen? This explanation by the letter to Diognetus is similar to that which is given by other early apologists. As long, then, as He held and preserved His own wise counsel in concealment, He appeared to neglect us, and to have no care over us.

That would not typical Scriptural usage.

So come, after you have freed yourself from all the prejudices that possess your mind, laid aside what you’re accustomed to as something prone to deceive you, and been made a new man all over again. 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 episte. From Ante-Nicene FathersVol. Are not all these of corruptible eppistle Or, how will you love Him who has first so loved you?

He gave us reason and understanding. But such declarations are simply the startling and erroneous utterances of deceivers; and no man has either seen Him, or made Him diognetud, but He has revealed Himself.

But after He revealed and laid open, through His beloved Sonthe things which had been prepared from the beginning, He conferred every blessing all at once upon us, so that we should both share in His benefits, and see and be active [in His service]. He spoke plainly to them. Addressing the issue of knowledge and elistle role in the Christian life was a common subject among 2nd century writers.

Take special note of this chapter!

A number of transcriptions of this manuscript survive today. The work survived antiquity in one 13th—14th-century manuscript, which was destroyed by fire in StrasbourgFr. Thus, they were calling something God that they would eventually arrive at themselves.