Athenagoras was a late 2nd century Christian apologist who wrote a defense of Christianity called _A Plea for the Christians_. It’s contents are revealing of what. A Plea for the Christians [Athenagoras of Athens] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Athenagoras (c. – c. AD) was a Father of the. Of these but two have survived: his Plea Regarding Christians and his Treatise on the Resurrection. From their titles we [[@Page]]gather that Athenagoras.

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Who is the Rich Man that shall be saved?

Language, grammar and punctuation are updated, comparing other translations and taking care not to change any meanings. But, since the voices of the prophets confirm our arguments — for I think that you also, with your great zeal for knowledgeand your great attainments in learning, cannot be ignorant of the writings either of Moses or of Isaiah and Jeremiah, and the other prophetswho, lifted in ecstasy above the natural operations of their minds by the impulses of the Divine Spirit, uttered the things with which they were inspired, the Spirit making use of them as a flute-player breathes into a flute — what, then, do these men say?

Throughout Athenagoras marvelously turns the tables plez his accusers. Richardson believes that Athenagoras did not give his apology as a public oration in the Emperor’s presence, while L. The early Christians argue that the laws of Leviticus were added because of transgression and that God never wanted those plda.

Osiris is named Dionysus Bacchus by the Greeks. II although no doubt, Athenagoras also intended his apology to have a wider circulation in the Graeco-Roman world.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: In refuting the charge of cannibalism Athenagoras states that Christians detest all cruelty and murder, refusing to attend contests of gladiators and wild beasts and holding that women who use drugs to bring on abortion commit murder for which they will have to give an account to God. He made him for the sake of the life of those created, which is not kindled for a little while and then extinguished Presumably he means that whatever things participate in the same form must arise in time, and so are created, or at least must share a dependence on the Form in which they participate—but vhristians god is not created or dependent.


Christians were called atheists because they did not believe in the pagan gods of Rome. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Athenagoras Pleads for Christians – AD Church History Timeline

The God that reasonably interests me is the creator of the world I am in. But should it be said that they only had fleshly forms, and possess blood and seed, and the affections of anger and sexual desire, even then we must regard such assertions as nonsensical and ridiculous; for there is neither angernor desire and appetite, nor procreative seed, in gods.

Both works have many words in common as a cursory inspection of the index to Schwartz’s edition shows Statue of Athenagoras I, patriarch of Constantinople; d. Apollo was the son of Dionysus and Isis, as Herodotus likewise affirms: The learned Athenagoras writes two important works: But when the father of men and gods mourns for his son —.

If, indeed, matter and God are the same, two names for one thing, then certainly, in not regarding stocks and stones, gold and silver, as gods, we are guilty of impiety.

And if something has been said by the poets, too, about the giants, be not surprised at this: But then the God of this world would not be uncreated or independent.

Reality of it proved Chs. The apologies of the 2nd century give a clear, consistent picture of early Christianity; a Christianity that already held to those tenets which would be immortalized in the Nicene Creed and that laid great emphasis on obedience to the commands of Jesus Christ.

Moreover, the God relevant to us is not the perfectly transcendent God who might have been the God of another world, but chose not to? How, then, I ask, can we approach them as suppliants, when their origin resembles that of cattle, and they themselves have the form of brutes, and are ugly to behold?

Attend, I beg, to a few words on this subject. Chapter one says that Christians refuse to go to court against those who rob them and that they turn the other cheek.


Athenagoras Pleads for Christians

It is because God stoops to his creation to help us that he is relevant to us. If Herodotus alone had said that the Egyptians spoke plda their histories of the gods as of menwhen he says, What they told me concerning their religion it is not my intention to repeat, except only the names of their deities, things of very trifling importance, it would behoove us not chhristians credit even Herodotus as being a fabulist.

Man, therefore, who consists of the two parts, must continue for ever. For what the image is said now to effect, it effected when Neryllinus was alive and sick.

Athenagoras and A Plea for the Christians

If the poets and philosophers did not acknowledge that there is one Godand concerning these gods were not of opinion, some that they are demonsothers that they are matter, and others that they once were men, — there might be some show of reason for our being harassed as we are, since we employ language which makes chrsitians distinction between God and matter, and the natures of the two.

Man is made of body and soul, and this unity is broken by death and raised anew by resurrection 14 You yourselves, christianz, are thoroughly acquainted with these matters, since you are versed in all departments of knowledgeand are beyond all other men familiar with the ancients. Marcus seems to have spent the winter of in Alexandria and, considering the city’s fervent adherence to Cassius’ cause, he treated it with magnanimity and moderation: This is odd if he is confuting so great a Christian biblical expositor as Origen.

In short, among every nation and people, men offer whatever sacrifices and celebrate whatever mysteries they please.

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