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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Epistle of Diognetus quote

When they said “The Word,” they were referring to Christ himself. You have so carefully and earnestly asked your questions about them: I couldn’t buy modern explanations of James 2: Addressing the issue of knowledge and its role in the Christian life was a common subject among 2nd century writers.

The poetry of the Letter to Diognetus continues! Aren’t all of these corruptible matter?

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Is not a third wood, and that already rotten? Epistle, a composition in prose or poetry written in the form of a letter to a particular person or group. Come and contemplate, not only with your eyes but also with your understanding,the substance and form of those whom you declare and deem to be gods.

Thus, the Letter to Diognetus can tell us that we should begin by imitating him. They knew that you could purify your soul by obeying the Truth 1 Pet. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions.

He marvels that they can’t figure out that food can’t defile a person. I promise to use it only to send you the Early Church History Newsletter. For God has loved mankindon whose account He made the world, dioynetus 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 looking upwards to Himself, whom He formed after His own image, to whom He sent His only-begotten Son, lrtter whom He has promised a kingdom in heaven, and will give it to diogneetus who have loved Him.


Keep Exploring Britannica Lord Byron. By him the limits of the faith are not broken through, nor the boundaries set by the fathers passed over. Don’t you see them exposed to wild beasts for the purpose of persuading them to deny the Lord, yet they are not overcome?

It’s not found by being rich, nor by intimidating inferiors. For this reason you hate the Christiansbecause they do not deem these to be gods.

They live in poverty, but enrich many; they are totally destitute, but possess an abundance of everything. This web site, like all published works, can be quoted without permission as long as the quote constitutes “fair use,” an undefined legal term.

Greatest Stories Ever Told. They exist in the flesh, but they do not live by the flesh. Similarly, the world hates the Christians, not because they have done it any wrong, but because they are opposed to its enjoyments. It’s the one who, in whatever way he really is superior, is prepared to help anyone who might be deficient. Please try again later.

Epistle to Diognetus

In this way they acquired a knowledge of the mysteries of the Father. But once we are aware of where our power comes from, then stepping out in faith by choosing to obey the Word is life-changing. This rendition of the Letter to Diognetus is in my own words, taken from the Ante-Nicene Fathersvol. He showed great patience and bore with us.

Both the person addressed and the author of the work are unknown, although at one time the apologist Justin Martyr was erroneously considered the author. The do not, like some, proclaim themselves the advocates of merely human doctrines. And to speak falsely of Godas if He forbade us to do what is good on the Sabbath-days — how is not this impious? I do not aim at anything except what is consistent with sound reason. He gave his own Son as a ransom for us—the Holy One for transgressors; the Blameless One for the wicked; the Righteous One for the unrighteous; the Unfading One for the Fading; the Immortal One for those that are mortal.


For example, Hebrews 4: Would any of you stand for such indignities? The purpose was that once we were convinced that we are unworthy to attain life through our own works, it would now, by the kindness of God, be bestowed on us. A stone, however, readily endures it because it has no feeling. Philosophy thrived in Greece and Rome at that time, and knowledge was everything.

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 disciples?

Father of all holiness, guide our hearts to you. Wikisource has original text related to this article: Internet URLs are the best.

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And to speak falsely of God, as if he forbids us to do what is good on the Sabbath days, in what way is this not ungodly? Pavao, All Rights Reserved. Richardson, Early Christian Fathers, pp. They obey the prescribed laws, all the while surpassing the laws by their lives.

Citations from the early church fathers are referenced, and the references can be read online at EarlyChristianWritings. And do not wonder that a man may become an imitator of God.