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Although neither author nor recipient is known for certain, the Letter to Diognetus purports to be written by a student of the apostles who calls himself Mathetes. The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus is probably the earliest example of Christian apologetics, writings defending Christianity from its accusers. [a.d] The anonymous author of this Epistle gives himself the title (Mathetes) ” a disciple [] of the Apostles,” and I venture to adopt it as his name. It is about.

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The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus by Mathetes. The diogbetus is the original Introductory Notice of the learned editors and translators: In other projects Wikiquote.

Epistle to Diognetus

They marry, as do all [others]; they beget children; but they do not destroy their offspring. Having therefore convinced us in the former time that kf nature was unable to attain to life, and having now revealed the Saviour who is able to matjetes 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.

Or, how will you love Him who has first so loved you? I also really liked what he wrote concerning God’s kind loving and non-violent character. Mar 11, Ryan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all diognteus.

O benefits surpassing all expectation! This does not seem to be the work of man: He can, if God willeth it. Abrahamic prophecy Aggadah Denominations Kabbalah Philosophy.

It is by the soul, enclosed within the body, that yo body is held together, and similarly, it is by the Christians, detained in the world as in a prison, that the world is held together. This does not seem to be the work of man: Personally I like to think that it’s St. Epistle, a composition in prose or poetry written in the form of a letter to a particular person or diognteus.


Condemned because they are not understood, they are put to death, but raised to life again.

To sum up all in one word— what mahetes soul is in the body, that are Christians in the world. Other works are theological and seek to clarify a matter of faith.

The soulwhen but ill-provided with food and drink, becomes better; in like manner, the Christiansthough subjected day by day to punishment, increase the more in number.

But if, on the other hand, they are destitute of sense, you convict riognetus of this fact, while you worship them with blood and the smoke of sacrifices. 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.

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I can see that you deeply desire to learn how Christians worship their God. The 10th chapter breaks off in mid thought and so the last two chapters, a kind of peroration that abandons the fictive? 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. But when our wickedness had reached its height, and it had been clearly shown that its reward, punishment and death, was impending over us; and when the time had come which God had before appointed for manifesting His own kindness and power, how the one love of God, through exceeding regard for men, did not regard us with hatred, nor thrust us away, nor remember our iniquity against us, but showed great long-suffering, and bore with us, He Himself took on Him the burden of our iniquities, 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 incorruptible Diognetys for the corruptible, the immortal One for them that are mortal.

The body hates the soul and wars against it, not because of any injury the soul has done it, but because of the restriction the soul places on its pleasures. The soul is dispersed through all the members of the body, and Christians are scattered through all the cities of epistls world. For He will yet send Him to judge us, and who shall endure His appearing? Ar I really liked Mathetes style of writing. Please buy the CD to support the site, view it without ads, and get bonus stuff!


Are not all these of corruptible matter? Mathetes is, perhaps, the first of the apologists. The soul dwells in the body, yet is not of the body; and Christians dwell in the go, yet are not of the world. Is not a second brass, in no way superior to those vessels which are constructed for our ordinary use?

Views Read Edit View history. For example, in one place Mathetes admonishes the reader that Christians are to the society in which they live as yeast is to the bread. A stone, however, readily bears it, seeing it is insensible. As the soul benefits from the deprivation of food and drink, so Christians flourish under persecution. To ask other readers questions about The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetusplease sign up. But not a matheets human being will, unless compelled to it, endure such treatment, since he is endowed with sense and reason.

This is He who was from the beginning, episstle appeared as if new, and was found old, and yet who is ever born afresh in the epishle of the saints. About this page Source. Do you accept of the vain and silly doctrines of those who are deemed trustworthy philosophers?

I am not sure if there is evidence to resolve the question. And marvel not that a man can be an imitator of God.

Even as the Roman empire hunted down Christians, Christians still added virtue and love to their societies.