The Christians in the world. “Christians are indistinguishable from other men either by nationality, language or customs. They do not inhabit. 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, .

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Epidtle a third wood and already rotting at that? A stone, however, readily bears it, seeing it is insensible. They share their meals, but not their wives. He caused everything in it to be subject to us.

Epistle to Diognetus – Wikipedia

It’s the one who takes what he has received from God, distributes it to the needy, and thus becomes a god to those who receive from him. They live in the flesh, but they are not governed by the desires of the flesh.

Chapter five of the Letter to Diognetus is one of the most poetic and beautiful passages in all of Christian history. Once it became obvious that in ourselves we were unable to enter the kingdom of God, the power of God could then make us able. Christianity Hinduism Islam Jainism Judaism. The soulwhen but ill-provided with food and drink, becomes better; in like manner, the Christians duognetus, though subjected day by diognetux to punishment, increase the more in number.

Among us you will find uneducated persons, craftsmen, and old women, who, if they are unable in words to prove the benefit of our doctrine, yet by their deeds exhibit the benefit arising from their persuasion of its truth.

They are made a paradise of delight. For who that is rightly taught and begotten by the loving Word, would not seek to learn accurately the things which have been clearly shown by the Word to His disciplesto whom the Word being manifested has revealed them, speaking plainly [to them], not understood indeed by the unbelieving, but conversing with the discipleswho, being esteemed faithful by Him, acquired a knowledge of the mysteries of the Father?


The soul is dispersed through all the parts of the body, and Christians are scattered through all the cities of the world. Letter to Diognetus The Letter to Diognetus is longer than my typical web page. The first 10 chapters of the letter discuss pagan and Jewish religions, the life of a Christian as contrasted with the life of a non-Christian, and a review of the Christian faith as the unique revelation of God.

Epistle to Diognetus

Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Diognrtus you do not show [by your conduct] that he [your God] is possessed of sense. For neither can life exist without knowledge, nor is knowledge secure without life.

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 they will not deny God ; then shall you condemn the deceit and error of the world when you shall know what it is to live truly in heaven, when you shall despise that which is here spistle 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.

The invisible soul is guarded by the visible body, and Christians are known indeed to be in the world, but their godliness remains invisible. For which s 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. But as to their scrupulosity concerning meats, and their superstition as respects the Diognwtus, and their boasting about circumcision, and their fancies about fasting and the new moons, which are utterly ridiculous and unworthy of notice,–I do not think that you require to learn anything from me.

Didn’t the sculptor fashion one of them, the brazier a diogneetus, the silversmith a third, and the potter a fourth? Truly, the words which are written are not without significance.

They live in their own countries, but they do so as those who are just passing through.


The soul is imprisoned in the body, yet preserves that very body; and Christians are confined in the world as in a prison, and yet they are the preservers of the world. For, who of men at all understood before His coming what God is? The apostle understood the significance of this, and he criticizes the knowledge which we let influence our lives without true doctrine. Every foreign land is to them as their native country, and every land of their birth as a land of strangers. Might not these, which are now worshipped by you, again be made by men vessels similar to others?

By no means, but under the influence of clemency and meekness. Bearing this tree and displaying its fruit, you shall always gather in those things which are desired by Godwhich 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: Only the power of God can make us able, he says.

I cordially welcome this desire of yours, and I implore Godwho enables us both to speak and to hear, to grant to me so to speak, that, above all, I may hear you have been edified, and to you so to hear, that I who speak may have no cause of regret for having done so. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: There you can learn the life and doctrine of the apostles churches, be inspired by them to a more powerful faith, and find out why we so desperately need their influence today.

For the good they do they receive the punishment of malefactors, but even then they, rejoice, as though receiving the gift of life.