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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The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus

But do not you yourselves, who now think and suppose [such to be gods], much more cast contempt upon them than they [the Christians do]? The Jewsthen, if they abstain from the kind of service above described, and deem it proper to worship one God as being Lord of all, [are right]; but if they diogbetos Him worship in the way which we have described, they greatly err. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article.

Are they not without life?

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. They have a common table, but not a common bed. Contact our editors with your feedback. A stone, epishle, readily bears it, seeing it is insensible. But if any one of these theories be worthy of approbation, every one of the rest of created things might also be declared to be God. And marvel not that a man can be wpistle imitator of God.

The editor of New Advent is Kevin Knight. See not only with thine eyes, but with thine intellect also, of what substance or diogbetos what form they chance to be whom ye call and regard as gods. Every foreign country is a fatherland to them, and every fatherland is foreign.

The work survived antiquity epitle one 13th—14th-century manuscript, which was destroyed by fire in StrasbourgFr. They play their full role as citizens, but labor under all the disabilities of aliens. The soul, though immortal, has a mortal dwelling place; diignetos Christians also live for a time amidst perishable things, while awaiting the freedom from change and decay that will be theirs in heaven.

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For it is not by ruling over his neighbours, or by seeking to hold the supremacy over those that are weaker, or by being rich, and showing violence towards those that are inferior, that happiness is found; nor can any one by these things become an imitator of God.


The invisible soul is guarded by the visible body, and Christians are known indeed to be in the world, but their godliness remains invisible. They do not inhabit separate cities of their own, or speak a strange dialect, or follow some outlandish way of life.

Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. But not a single human being will, unless compelled to it, endure such treatment, since he is endowed with sense and reason. And by those gifts which you mean to present to them, do you not, if they are possessed of sense, rather punish [than honour ] them? In the 11th chapter “Mathetes” presents himself as “having been a disciple of Apostles I come forward as a teacher of the Gentiles, ministering worthily to them” placing himself in a class with authoritative figures like John the Presbyter.

They pass their days upon earth, but they are citizens of dioynetos. To sum up all in one word — what the soul is in the body, Christians are in the world. The 13th-century manuscript was damaged in that place and the copies were made only after that damage had already been done.

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 dognetos, how the one love of Godthrough exceeding regard for men, did not regard us with hatrednor 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 wickedthe righteous One for the unrighteous, the incorruptible One for the episttle, the diognetks One for those who are mortal.

Some have ascribed these additions to Hippolytusbased on similarities of thought and style. Like others, they marry and have children, but they do not expose them.

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About this page Source. In other projects Wikiquote. 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. And to speak falsely of Godas if He forbade us to do what is good on the Sabbath-days — how is not this impious? 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?


As a viognetos sends his son, who is also a king, so sent He Him; as God He sent Him; as to men He sent Him; as a Saviour He sent Him, and as seeking to persuade, not to compel us; for violence has no place in the character of God. Bearing this tree and displaying its fruit, you shall always gather in those things which are desired by Godwhich the Serpent cannot reach, and to episyle deception does not approach; nor is Eve then corrupted, but is trusted as a virgin ; and salvation is manifested, and the Apostles are filled with understanding, and the Passover of the Lord advances, diognetis the choirs episte gathered together, and are arranged in proper djognetos, and the Word rejoices in teaching the saints — by whom the Father is glorified: Might not the vessels which are now made out of the same material, if they met with the same artificers, be made like unto such as these?

Obedient to the laws, dioognetos yet live on a level that transcends the law. Please try again later.

Epistle of Diognetus quote

But as to their scrupulosity concerning food, and their superstition as respects the Sabbathsand their boasting about circumcisionand their fancies about fasting and the new moons, which are utterly ridiculous and unworthy of notice — I do not think that you require to learn anything from me.

I cordially welcome this desire of yours, and I implore Godwho enables us both to speak and to hear, to grant to me so to speak, that, above all, I may hear you have been edified, and to you so to hear, that I who speak may have no cause of regret for having done so.

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. They are in the flesh, but they do not live after the flesh. Wikisource has original text related to this article: