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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And to speak falsely of Godas if He forbade us to do what is good on the Sabbath-days — how is not this impious?

It begins as would be expected, with a greeting and description of why Mathetes writes the letter. As long, then, as He held and preserved His own wise counsel in concealment, He appeared to neglect us, and to have no care over us. The 10th chapter breaks off in mid thought and so the last two chapters, a kind of peroration that abandons the fictive?

This is He who, being from everlasting, is today called the Son; through whom the Church is enriched, and gracewidely spread, increases in the saintsfurnishing understanding, revealing mysteriesannouncing times, rejoicing over the faithfulgiving to those that seek, by whom the limits of faith are not broken through, nor the boundaries set by the fathers passed over. Kindle Edition22 pages.

Would not those things which are now vessels, formed of the same materials, become like to such, if they met with the same artificers? This is an excellent little book. Keep in the light of your truth all those you have freed from the darkness of unbelief. Every foreign land is to them as their native country, and every land of their birth as a land of strangers.

But not a single human being will, unless compelled to it, endure such treatment, since he is endowed with sense and reason. I can see that you deeply desire to learn how Christians worship their God.

For, to accept some of those things which have been formed by God for the use of men as properly formed, and to reject others as useless and redundant,—how can this be lawful? As a king sends his son, who is also mahhetes king, ddiognetus 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.


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That is to say, Mathetes makes it clear that there is nothing ordinary about how that they live that sets them apart—they don’t inhabit their own cities, they don’t have a peculiar diogetus of life, and they don’t speak a certain way—but, “inhabiting Greek as well as barbarian cities By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. And marvel not that a man can be an imitator of God.

O benefits surpassing all expectation! They are poor, yet make many rich; they are in lack of matheted things, and yet abound in all; they are dishonoured, and yet in their very dishonour are glorified.

As calling us He sent Him, not as vengefully pursuing us; as loving us He sent Him, not as judging mathhetes. Lord Byron, British Romantic poet and satirist whose epistld and personality captured the imagination….

The 13th-century manuscript was damaged in that place and the copies were made only after that damage had already been done. Please help support the mission of New Advent and get the full contents of this website as an instant download. When punished, they rejoice as if quickened into life; they are assailed by the Jews as foreigners, and are persecuted by the Greeks; yet those who hate them are unable to assign any reason for their hatred. I minister the things delivered to me to those that are disciples worthy of the truth.

The invisible soul is guarded by the visible body, and Christians are known indeed to be in the world, but their godliness remains invisible. Please note that our editors mathetss make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed.

Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus

The Apostle, perceiving the force [of this conjunction], and blaming mzthetes knowledge which, without true doctrine, is too to influence life, declares, Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. Might not these, which are now worshipped by you, again be made by men vessels similar to others? To sum up all in one word— what the soul is in the body, that are Christians in the world. Are they not destitute of feeling? But if, on the other hand, they are destitute of sense, you convict them of this fact, mtahetes you worship mathetee with blood and the smoke of sacrifices.


Is not a fifth iron, consumed by rust? Patristic literature is generally identified today with the entire Christian literature of the early Christian centuries, irrespective of its orthodoxy or….

This epistle is more of a pastoral epistle. The work survived antiquity in one 13th—14th-century manuscript, which was destroyed by oof in StrasbourgFr. Open Preview See a Problem?

A loaf of bread may have only a pinch of yeast, but that little bit changes the very character of the entire loaf. Diognetus was a tutor of the emperor Marcus Aurelius, who admired him for his freedom from superstition and sound educational advice Meditations 1.

Other works are theological and seek to clarify a matter of faith. He was aware, then, epiatle all things in His own mindalong with His Son, according to the relation subsisting between them. But he who combines knowledge with fearand seeks after life, plants in hope, looking for fruit. In other projects Wikiquote. The soul loves the flesh that hates it, and [loves also] the members; Christians likewise love those that hate them.

They play their full role as citizens, but labor under all the disabilities of aliens. Trivia About The Epistle of Ma Lucas Bradburn rated it liked it May 23, My email address is feedback at newadvent. In the 2nd Century, when Christians dioynetus persecuted by the rulers of their time, this admonition is incredible.

A late 2d century apology addressed to a certain Diognetus who is otherwise unknown. Let mathdtes heart be your wisdom; and let your life be true knowledge inwardly received.

With regard to dress, food and manner of life in general, they follow the customs of whatever city they happen to be living in, whether it is Greek or foreign.

Christians love all men, but all men persecute them. While the epistle has its good points and gets a bit better as it goes oninstead of emphasizing Gospel mathwtes the start, it employs spotty logic for apologetic goals.