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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Wasn’t every one of them, digonetus its own way, subject to change before they were formed by the skills of these workmen into the shape they’re in? For while the Gentilesby offering such things to those that are destitute of sense and hearing, furnish an example of madness ; they, on the other hand by thinking to offer these things to God as if He needed them, might justly reckon it rather an act of folly than of divine worship.

Are they not without life? Thus, the Letter to Diognetus can tell us that we should begin by imitating him. It is widely believed that the last two chapters were added at a later time. They pass their days upon earth, but they are citizens of heaven. When you have attained this knowledge, can you imagine what kind of joy you will be filled with? This is a man who is telling you what he was taught in a church established by apostles ch.

Do you not see idognetus exposed to wild beasts, that they may be persuaded to deny the Lord, and yet not overcome?

Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus

Don’t you see them exposed to wild beasts for the purpose of persuading them to deny the Lord, yet they are not overcome? They produce a tree out of themselves that bears all sorts of produces, flourishes well, and is adorned with various fruits.


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Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. They do not rehearse speeches, but exhibit good works; when struck, they do not strike again; when robbed, they do not go to law; they give to those that ask of them, and love their neighbors as themselves.

A blessing is their answer to abuse, deference their response to insult. The Gentiles, when they offer [sacrifices] to things that are destitute of feeling and hearing, provide an example of madness.

From a letter to Diognetus: The Christian in the world

The “will of the Word” moves the writer to speak. The choirs will be gathered together, arranged in proper order, and the Word diognetud rejoice in teaching the saints. The apostle understood the significance of this, and he criticizes the knowledge which we let influence our lives without true doctrine. It is not an endowment of merely human mysteries that has been commetted to them, but truly God himself, who is omnipotent, the Creator of everything, and invisible, has sent the Truth from heaven— the holy and unfathomable Word —placed him among men lettwr firmly established him in their hearts.

And as for observing months and day, who would deem it a part of divine worship to wait for the stars and moon to make appointments for God according to whatever tendencies they have? This rendition of the Letter to Diognetus is in my own words, taken from the Ante-Nicene Fathersvol.

They are put to death and restored to life. The 10th chapter breaks off in mid thought and so the last two chapters, a kind of peroration that abandons the fictive? Christians of the 2nd century set a very high standard. By what other one was it possible that we, the wicked and ungodly, could be justified, than by the only Son of God?


God has assigned them this illustrious position, and it is unlawful for them to forsake it because—as I said—this was no mere earthly fabrication which was delivered to them. 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 that have been revealed to us. I promise to use it only lftter send you the Early Church History Newsletter.

Couldn’t these, which are now worshipped by you, be made by men into containers similar to the others?

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Why is it so good? Dignetus calling us he sent him, not as One pursuing us in vengeance. Yes, he always had that type of character, still does, and always will—kind and good, free from anger, true, and the only one who is good. Take special note of this chapter!

Language, grammar and punctuation are updated, comparing other translations and taking care not to change any meanings. They live in poverty, but enrich many; they are totally destitute, but possess an abundance of everything. For the One that made heaven and earth and everything in them, and who gives us everything we need, certainly does not require any of those things which he himself bestows on the very ones who are thinking to provide them to him!

Are they not all deaf?