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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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Wherefore both were planted close together. A blessing is their answer to abuse, deference their response to insult. They live in their own countries as though they were diogmetus passing through.

My email address is feedback at newadvent. They pass their days upon earth, but they are citizens of heaven. Therefore ye convict his sensibility. But those who imagine that, by means of blood, and the smoke of sacrifices and burnt-offerings, they offer sacrifices [acceptable] to Him, and that by such honours they show Him respect, — these, by supposing that they can give anything to Him who needs nothing, appear to me in no respect to dignetus from those who studiously confer the same honour on diogneus destitute of sense, and which therefore are unable to enjoy such honours.

I can see that you deeply desire to learn fo Christians worship their God. But he who combines knowledge with fearand seeks after life, plants in hope, looking for fruit. But these things do not at all constitute His majesty.

These things you call gods; these you serve; these you worship; and you become altogether like them. Certainly you do not show [by your conduct] that he [your God] is possessed of sense. Like others, they marry and have children, but they do not expose them. And next, I imagine that you are most desirous of hearing something on this point, that the Christians do not observe the same forms of divine worship as do the Jews.

And to glory in the circumcision of the flesh as a proof of election, and as if, on account of it, they were specially beloved by God — how is it not a subject of ridicule?


They are defamed, but vindicated. For, who of men at all understood before His coming what God is? That the wickedness of many should be hid in a single righteous One, and that the righteousness of One should justify many transgressors!

The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus

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.

For which reason He sent the Word, that He might be manifested to the world; and He, being despised by the people [of the Jews ], was, when preached by the Apostles, believed on by the Gentiles.

Unlike some other people, they rpistle no purely human episle. Are they not forged by iron and fire?

Epistle of Diognetus quote – AD Church History Timeline

They have a common table, but not a common bed. Having therefore convinced us in the former time that our nature was unable to attain to life, and having now revealed the Saviour who is able to save even those things which it was [formerly] impossible to save, by both these facts He desired to lead us to dilgnetus 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.

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The editor of New Advent is Kevin Knight. The 13th-century manuscript was damaged in that place and the copies were made only after that damage had already been done. They are put to death, and diogneuts they are endued with life. And He has manifested Himself through faithto which alone it is given to behold God.

This is He who, being from everlasting, is today called the Son; through diohnetus the Church is enriched, and gracewidely spread, epistls 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 dognetus by the fathers passed over.


For God has loved mankindon whose account He made the world, to whom He rendered subject all the things that are in dionetus, to whom He gave reason and understanding, to whom alone He imparted the privilege of looking upwards to Himself, whom He formed after His own image, to whom He sent His only-begotten Son, to whom He has promised a kingdom in heaven, and will give it to those who have loved Him.

They dwell in their own countries, but simply as sojourners. Is not a third wood, and that already rotten? Then you shall see, while still on earth, that God in the heavens rules over [the universe ]; then you shall begin to speak the mysteries of God ; then shall you both love and admire those that suffer punishment because dognetus will not deny God ; then shall you condemn the deceit and error of the world epostle you shall know what it is to live truly in heaven, when you shall despise that which is here esteemed to be death, when you shall fear what is truly death, which is reserved for those who shall be condemned to the eternal firewhich shall afflict those even to the end that are committed to it.

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Christian Literature Publishing Co. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. Is not a fifth iron, consumed by rust? Let any one of you endure to have such things done to himself! 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.