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, . The Epistle TO Diognetus. CHAPTER 1 Since I see, most excellent Diognetus , that thou art exceedingly anxious to understand the religion of the Christians.

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Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus

Patristic literature, body of literature that comprises those works, excluding the New Testament, written by Christians before the 8th century. In all copies, about two lines of the text are missing in the middle. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind.

But such declarations are simply the startling and erroneous utterances of deceivers; and no man has either seen Him, or made Him knownbut He has revealed Himself. 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. They have a common table, but not a common bed. Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed.

Might not these, which are now worshipped by you, again be made by men vessels similar to others?

I minister the things delivered to me to those that are disciples worthy of the truth. 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 ddiognetos have been revealed to us.

Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus

For He that made heaven and earth, and all that is therein, and gives to us all the things of which we stand in need, certainly requires none of those things which He Himself bestows on such as think of furnishing them to Him.

Nor truly are those words without significance which are written, how God from the beginning planted the tree of life in the midst of paradise, revealing through knowledge the way to life, and when those who were first formed did not use this [ knowledge ] properly, they were, through the fraud of the Serpent, stripped naked.


For He will yet send Him to judge us, and who shall endure His appearing?

This was not that He at all delighted in our sinsbut that He simply endured them; nor that He approved the time of working iniquity which then was, but that He sought to form a mind conscious of righteousness, so that being convinced in that time of our unworthiness of attaining life through our own works, it should now, through the kindness of Godbe vouchsafed to us; and having made it manifest that in ourselves we were unable to enter into the diognteos of Godwe might through the power of God be made able.

And yet there is something extraordinary about their lives. Ro why has this new group and their practices come to life only now, and not long ago? So Christians have their abode in diognstos world, and yet they are not of the world. Gospels Matthew Mark Luke John.

For who that is rightly taught and begotten by the loving Word, would not seek to learn accurately the things which have elistle 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?

Episfle text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. For God has loved mankindon whose account He made the world, to 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 Diongetos own image, to whom He sent His only-begotten Son, to whom He has promised a kingdom in heaven, and will give it to those who have loved Him.

Is not a third wood, and that already rotten?

Epistle of Diognetus quote – AD Church History Timeline

Unlike some other people, they champion diognets purely human doctrine. Then you shall see, while still on earth, that God in epjstle heavens rules over [the universe ]; then you shall begin to speak the mysteries epist,e God ; then shall you both love and admire those that suffer punishment because they will not deny God ; then shall you condemn the deceit and error of the world when you shall know what it is to live truly in heaven, when you shall despise that which is here esteemed to be death, when you shall fear what is truly death, which is reserved for those who shall be condemned to the eternal firewhich shall afflict those even to the end that are committed to it.


Are they not incapable of motion?

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A stone, however, readily fpistle it, seeing it is insensible. Was not every one of them, before they were formed by the arts of these [workmen] into the shape of these [gods], each in its own way subject to change?

To speak in general terms, we may say that the Christian is to the world what the soul is to the body.

Letter to Diognetus

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. The soul is dispersed through all the members of the body, and Christians are scattered through all the cities of the world.

Wikiquote has quotations related to: 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.

From Ante-Nicene FathersVol. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. Richardson, Early Christian Fathers, pp. 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.