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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May 11, Daniel rated it it was mahhetes. Even today, when the faith of Christians is less appreciated by the larger society than ever, these teachings are very important. This epistle mathftes more of a pastoral epistle. Keep in the light of your truth all those you have freed from the darkness of unbelief. Bearing this tree and displaying its fruit, thou shalt always gather in mafhetes things which are desired by God, which the Serpent cannot reach, and to which 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, and the choirs are gathered together, and are arranged in proper order, and the Word rejoices in teaching the saints,—by whom the Father is glorified: In all copies, about two lines of the text are missing in the middle.

And marvel not that a man can be an imitator of God. Is not a sixth earthenware, in no degree more valuable than that which is formed for the humblest purposes? Are they not all deaf? In fact, the writer maintains a tone of wonder throughout the entire letter.


Do you not see them exposed to wild beasts, that they may be persuaded to deny the Lord, and yet not overcome? This page was last edited on 16 Septemberat For He will yet send Him to judge us, and who shall endure His appearing? Do you not see that the more of them are punished, the greater becomes the number of the rest?

They live in poverty, but enrich many; they are totally destitute, but possess an abundance of everything. Jeremy rated it liked it Oct 08, I assume that his correspondent was the tutor of M. The work survived antiquity in one 13th—14th-century manuscript, which was destroyed by fire in StrasbourgFr.

Epistle to Diognetus

Are they not destitute of feeling? I found the part about the “sweet exchange” particularly amazing. The author prefers, rather, to refer to the “son” as “the Word. For this reason you hate the Christiansbecause they do not deem these to be gods. Return to Book Page. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval.

The writing is clear and vivid just as the works of St. For what other thing was capable of covering our sins than His righteousness? An excellent patristic letter from the 2nd century. For neither can life exist without knowledge, nor is knowledge secure without life. That episgle wickedness of many should be hid in a single righteous One, and that the righteousness of One should justify many transgressors!


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? The writer also touches on the Christian’s place in the world, and does so matheetes a hint of moralism.

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 mathetrs that fire. I also really liked what he wrote concerning God’s kind loving and non-violent character.

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Christian Literature Publishing Co. Obedient to the laws, they yet live on a level that transcends the law. Want to Read saving…. Did not the sculptor fashion one of them, the ,athetes a second, the silversmith a third, and the potter a fourth? Excellent example of the faith of the Early Church This ancient work is a great example of the vibrant faith held and defended by the Early church Fathers. Are they not blind?

What about the affection they all have for each other? Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions.