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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But you must not hope to learn the mystery of their unique way of worshipping God from any mortal. Isn’t a fifth iron, consumed by rust?

As the soul benefits from the deprivation of food and drink, so Christians flourish under persecution. It did it with poetry and with one of the most extraordinary expressions of gratefulness and praise in all the Christian writings. They live in poverty, but enrich many; they are totally destitute, but possess an abundance of everything. The Word is seen in the Letter to Diognetus as guiding those who teach.

Well, there you lettr it. As long as he held and preserved his wise counsel in concealment, he seemed to neglect us and have no care for us.

Instead, they inhabit both Greek and barbarian cities, however things have fallen to each of them. Christians of the 2nd century set a very high standard.

Epistle to Diognetus

A blessing is their answer to abuse, deference their response to insult. Are they not incapable of motion?

Nor truly are ,etter words without significance which are written, how God from the beginning planted the diognehus 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.

Then you will begin to speak the mysteries of God. In the same way, the world hates the Christians, though not wounded in any way, because they renounce pleasures. At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context.


Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus

He spoke plainly to them. Don’t worry—your e-mail address is totally secure. Do not miss chapters 5 and 9! Is the Letter to Diognetus really calling the sacrifices of the Jews, commanded by Moses in the Law, foolishness? Every foreign land is to them as their native country, and every land of their birth as a land of strangers. So, he was aware dioynetus all things in his own mind, along with his Son, according to the relation that subsisted between them.

This does not seem to be the work of man: They obey the prescribed laws, all letteg while surpassing the laws by their lives. If you are a Christian, you should read Decoding Nicea.

Letter to Diognetus

But if any of these theories were worthy of approval, then anything else that’s been created could be called God. Is not a second brass, in no way superior to those vessels which are constructed for our ordinary use? Certainly you ketter not show [by your conduct] that he [your God] is possessed of sense.

Is not a fourth silver, which needs a man to watch it, lest it be stolen?

The choirs will be gathered together, arranged in proper order, and the Word will rejoice in teaching the saints. Don’t you see them exposed to wild beasts for the purpose of persuading them to deny the Lord, yet they are not overcome? So, he convinced us in the previous era that our nature was unable to attain to life, and he has now revealed the Savior who is able to save even those that it was impossible to save.

The sacrifices, then, were not for God; they were for the Jews, who did not all have the Spirit as New Testament disciples do. I minister the things delivered to me to those that are disciples worthy of the truth. This is an awesome thing, as it makes the Letter to Diognetus a much better insight into early Christianity than it otherwise would have been. No man has seen him or made him known, but he has revealed himself.

He is the One through whom the Church is enriched and grace, widely spread, increases in the saints.

Which of us could have ever expected these things? He is, however, familiar with Christian arguments made by leter who are diohnetus with the Scriptures. I am learning from these quotes a….


How does the Word of God grow and multiply? This is how they were known. 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. Is lettr a third wood, and that already rotten? But the one who combines knowledge with fear and searches for life—that one plants in hope, expecting fruit.

The work itself survived with other writings ascribed to Justin only in a 13th century manuscript, formerly at Strasbourg but burned during the invasion of Knowledge and Life I’m not sure I completely agree with the Letter to Diognetus’ assessment of the tree of knowledge in the garden, but arguing with him is not what I’m here to do.

Of whom some said that fire was Godcalling that God to which they themselves were by and by to come; and some diognehus and others some other of the elements formed by God. Chapter five of the Letter to Diognetus is one of the most poetic and beautiful passages in all of Christian history.

For neither can life exist without knowledgenor is knowledge secure without life. For the Christians are distinguished from other men neither by country, leetter language, nor the customs which they observe.

Epistle to Diognetus – Wikipedia

As calling us he sent him, not as One pursuing us in vengeance. As citizens, they share in diiognetus things with others, and yet endure all things as if foreigners. Or, how will you love Him who has first so loved you? This does not seem to be the work of man. This explanation by the letter to Diognetus is similar to that which is given by other early apologists. For Godthe Lord and Fashioner of all things, who made all things, and assigned them their several positions, dognetus Himself not merely a friend of mankindbut also long-suffering [in His dealings with them].