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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Athenagoras Pleads for Christians

What, then, are those teachings in which we are brought up? Only Christians were persecuted by rumors of heresies. Ouranos is mutilated; Kronos is bound, and christisns down to Tartarus; the Titans revolt; Styx dies in battle: On Faith in God.

And Neryllinus, and Proteus, and Alexander, what good are they to the sick? Nay, you would find many among us, both men and womenaghenagoras old unmarried, in hope of living in closer communion with God. It aims apparently at giving a clear, calm and unemotional statement of the Christian case.

In Chapter 34, Athenagoras precedes Tertullian in his condemnation of gladiatorial combat.

Athenagoras Pleads for Christians – AD Church History Timeline

He not only aligns himself with the best that had been thought and said by the Greeks, but he also seeks to express himself in a form that would commend his message to the cultured. It shows skillful understanding, and is regarded as the first attempt ever made by a Christian writer to prove this dogma by means of philosophical arguments and not by revelation and the biblical texts alone.

Almost all the names of the gods came into Greece from Egypt. If Herodotus alone had said that the Egyptians spoke in their histories of the gods as of menwhen he athenzgoras, 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 to credit even Herodotus as being a fabulist.

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It is moreover unjust to reward or punish the soul alone, hence the necessity of a divine judgment athenxgoras the body and soul. In a word, of not one of these statues can it be said that it was not made by man.


But you describe the god to me as blood-stained, and the bane of mortals: The earth, let willingness move her or not, Must herbs produce, and thus sustain my flocks, —. Language, grammar and punctuation are updated, comparing other translations and taking care not to change any meanings. Chapter 14 appears to teach against original sin: But if he is in another or about another, then he pkea not about us, for he does not govern the world; nor is his power great, for he exists in a circumscribed space.

Let it suffice to say thus much.

The persecutors knew the secret of strength in martyrs was their hope in resurrection, so they damaged the martyr’s possessions, thinking that they destroyed their hope in resurrection. Christians do not worship many gods, and do not offer incenses, do not worship creatures but their Creator, believing in the supreme God, who is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. But as they were none pleq worse in respect of virtue because of atjenagoras opinion of the multitude, so neither does the undiscriminating calumny of some persons cast any shade upon us as regards rectitude of life, for with God we stand in good repute.

Man as a rational being, is destined for eternal survival. Philolaus, too, when he says that all things are included in God as in a stronghold, teaches that He is one, and that He is superior to matter.

Pope Tawadros II H. Who, then, that believes in a resurrection, would make himself into a tomb for bodies that will rise again?

Athenagoras and A Plea for the Christians

His style is atticistic. When a body is brought to christans, they show the bearer various models of corpses made in wood, and painted so as to resemble nature. From simple and homogeneous elements what could be constituted? The athenagras was to show the falsity and absurdity of the calumnies against Christians and ends in a calm entreaty for just judgment.

If any one kiss a second time because it has given him pleasure, [he sins ]; adding, Therefore the kissor rather the salutation, should be given with the greatest care, since, if there be mixed chriwtians it the least defilement of thought, it excludes us from eternal life. And if he recognises others as well, athenaogras as the sun, moon, and stars, yet he recognises them as created: Nor can it be said either that there is any injustice done as regards the man to be raisedfor he consists of soul and body, and he suffers no wrong as to either soul or body.


Tatian Speaks as an Eye-Witness.

Cliff Notes: Athenagoras’ Plea for Christians and On the Resurrection

Athenagoras states that it cannot be shown that God does not dhristians a resurrection, for there is no injustice in the resurrection. In addition, it is the outcome of meditation on that sad history in the Acts, which expounds St. An apologist must adduce more precise arguments than I have yet given, both concering the names of the gods, to show that pleq are of recent origin, and concerning their images, to show that they are, so to say, but of yesterday. The haughty son of Tydeus, Diomed, Hath wounded me.

But speaking of Him who is apprehended by the understanding as matter of certain knowledgehe gives his opinion decidedly, and with intelligence, thus: But that it is not our belief alone that bodies will rise again, but that many philosophers also hold the same view, it is out of place to show just now, lest we should be thought to introduce topics irrelevant to the matter in hand, either by speaking of the intelligible and the sensible, and the nature of these respectively, or by contending that the incorporeal is older than the corporeal, and that the intelligible precedes the sensible, although we become acquainted with the latter earliest, since the corporeal is formed from the incorporeal, by the combination with it of the intelligible, and that the sensible is formed from the intelligible; for nothing hinders, according to Pythagoras and Platothat when the dissolution of bodies takes place, they should, from the very same elements of which they were constructed at first, be constructed again.

The two points that impress me here are 1 that logical space is established by the Forms, it is not a space within which the Forms, poea together with other forms, are found, and 2 that a second transcendent God christinas did not create this world could have no power over or relevance to anything going on in this world.

Nor let any one think it ridiculous that God should have a Son.