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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But he who combines knowledge with fearand seeks after life, plants in hope, looking for fruit.

Letter to Diognetus

Do you accept of the vain and silly doctrines of those who are deemed trustworthy philosophers? The Apostle, perceiving the force [of this conjunction], and blaming that knowledge which, without true doctrine, is admitted to influence life, declares, Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. Letter to Diognetusan early Christian apologetic work probably dating from the 2nd or 3rd century ad.

By what other one was it possible that we, the wicked and ungodly, could be justified, than by the only Son of God? Some have ascribed these additions to Hippolytusbased on similarities of thought and style.

Who of us would ever have expected these things?

They are evil spoken of, and yet are justified; they are reviled, and bless; they are insulted, and repay the insult with honour; they do good, yet are punished as evil-doers. But these things do not at all constitute His majesty. Lucas Bradburn rated it liked it May 23, Randy rated it it was amazing Feb 10, They have a common table, but not a common bed. Are they not all liable to rot? And next, I imagine pf 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.


An excellent patristic letter from the mathetse century. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Letter to Diognetus | early Christian work |

And if you love Him, you will be an imitator of His kindness. But after He revealed and laid open, through His diovnetus Sonthe things which had been prepared from the beginning, He conferred every blessing all at once upon us, so that we should both share in His benefits, and see and be active [in His service]. By no means, but under the influence of clemency and meekness.

He was aware, then, of all things in His own mindalong with His Son, according to the relation subsisting between them. The letter is written anonymously, “Mathetes” being Greek for “disciple” – the author is simply a disciple of Jesus whose name is less important than his message. Nor can a single word be said as to the person named Diognetus, to eipstle the letter is addressed.


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And do not wonder that a man may become an imitator of God. Very good diognrtus true to the Scriptures and worth your time to read frequently. The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus is one of the earliest examples of Christian apologetics, and is written to defend Christianity from its accusers.

The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus Greek: That diognwtus 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 This short epistle written to Diognetus by Mathetes was really good.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The course of conduct which they follow has not been devised by any speculation or deliberation of inquisitive men; nor do they, like some, proclaim themselves the advocates of any merely human doctrines.

Kindle Edition22 pages. This epistle is a work of the 2nd Century Church. Mathetes is, perhaps, the first of the apologists. To help fight spam, this address might change occasionally.

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