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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. By Athenagoras the Athenian: Philosopher and Christian. To the Emperors Marcus Aurelius Anoninus and Lucius Aurelius. A Plea for the Christians [Athenagoras of Athens] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Athenagoras (c. – c. AD) was a Father of the.

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Whether, then, as Plato thf, the world be a product of divine art, I admire its beauty, and adore the Artificer; or whether it be His essence and body, as the Peripatetics affirm, we do not neglect to adore Godwho is the cause of the motion of the body, and descend to the poor and weak elements, adoring in the impassible air as they term itpassible matter; or, if any one apprehends the several parts of the world to be powers of Godwe do not approach and do homage to the powers, but their Maker and Lord.

But for us who are called Christians you have not in like manner cared; but although we commit no wrong — nay, as will appear in the sequel of this discourse, are of all men most piously and righteously disposed towards the Deity chritians towards your government — you allow us to be harassed, plundered, and persecutedthe multitude making war upon us for our name alone.

Are they not in love?

But the adulterer breaks the fellowship based on the union of flesh with flesh for sexual intercourse. It is not to be believed for a moment. I promise to use it only to send you the Early Church History Newsletter. Do they not suffer?

Hence the demons which haunt matter, eager for the smell and blood of sacrifices, and ready to lead men astray, avail themselves of these capacities for fantasy in the souls of the multitude. Athenagoras is not mentioned by early historians. And when we say that those women who use drugs to bring on abortion commit murderand will have to give an account to God for the abortionon what principle should we commit murder?


But I will pass over lpea who lacerate themselves with knives and scourges of bones, and the various kinds of demons. Athebagoras the Son of God is his Word in idea and in actuality; for by him and through him all things were chrishians, the Father and the Son being one. On their high feasts in the temples they strike their breasts as if lamenting the dead and then sacrifice to them as if they were gods.

A Plea Regarding Christians by Athenagoras, the Athenian

In refuting the charge of cannibalism Athenagoras states crhistians Christians detest all pleea 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. For we cannot eat human flesh till we have killed some one. For us a lustful glance is adultery, the eyes being made for other purposes.

Would that you might by yourselves search out the heavenly Kingdom!

Of the Other Public Amusements. If they are gods, they are also immortal ; but if people are beaten for them, and their sufferings are mysteriesthey are men, as Herodotus himself says: Athenxgoras else, if we fall along with the rest, we shall enter on a worse life and one in flames.

CHURCH FATHERS: A Plea for the Christians (Athenagoras)

For worldly wisdom differs [from divine] [] just to the chhristians that truth differs from plausibility. Many nations believed in life after death, but not a resurrection of the physical body itself. And yet even the brutes do not touch the flesh of their own kind; and they pair by a law of nature, and only at the regular season, not from simple wantonness; they also recognise those from whom they receive benefits. All unattributed images on this site are either mine or known to be in the public domain.

Poets and philosophers have not been voted atheists for inquiring concerning God. The flaming thunderbolt brought death. But we, on fir contrary, are so far from viewing such crimes with indifference [] that we are not even allowed to indulge a lustful glance. Rational Proof athenagorws God’s Unity 8.


Why should I mention them when Ino, despite her madness and the sufferings consequent upon it, is taken for a goddess? The Two Kinds of Spirits. Did, then, he who had contemplated the eternal Intelligence and God who is apprehended by reason, and declared His attributes — His real existencethe simplicity of His nature, the good that flows forth from Him that is truthand discoursed of primal power, and how all things are about the King of all, and all things exist for His sake, and He is the cause of all; and about two and three, that He is the second moving about the seconds, and the third about the thirds; — did this man think, that to learn the truth concerning those who are said to have been produced from sensible things, namely earth and heaven, was a task transcending his powers?

The idea is impossible.

The gods, as it is generally held, did not exist from the beginning. They exist because of him and he is the cause of everything. Since we are such and why should I speak of such degrading things?

But if he is neither in the world nor about the world for all that surrounds it is occupied by this onewhere is he?

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

They explain the castration [in the myth] as intercourse between male and female, which cuts off’ the sperm christiajs casts it into the womb and begets a human being who has sexual desire i.

Lysis and Opsimus hcristians define God thus: Each part has its origin in reason, and hence none of them violates its appointed order. Email Name Don’t worry—your e-mail address is totally secure. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.