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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Nor is our theology confined to these points. Conclusion on the Charge of Atheism Thus, if the myths about the gods, which the populace and the poets repeat, are false, to reverence them is superfluous. Herodotus and Alexander the son of Philip, in his letter to his mother, say that they learned from the Egyptian priests that the gods had once been men. We do not mean that there is anything which is opposed to God in the way that Empedocles opposes strife to love and night to day in the phenomenal world.
But prophetic voices confirm our arguments.
There is a pun on “Titans” Titenas and “took vengeance” tisasthen. By demons he understands beings with living souls. This opposing spirit was created by God, just as the other angels were created by him and entrusted with administering matter and its forms.
God he recognizes as the cosmic Intelligence. In a word, it becomes just blood and flesh, and is no longer a pure spirit. The treatise on the Resurrection of the Deadthe first complete exposition of the doctrine in Christian literature, was written later than the Apologyto which it may be considered as an appendix.
On behalf of those, then, to whom we apply the names of brothers and sisters, and other designations of relationship, we exercise the greatest care that their bodies should remain undefiled and uncorrupted; for the Logos again says to us, 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 with it the least defilement of thought, it excludes us from eternal life.
If their first charge against us is a fiction, so is the second. If you are a Christian, you should read Decoding Nicea. Then, nothing loth, th’ enamour’d fair he led, And sunk transported on the conscious bed.
Then, again, there are those who say that Kronos is time and Rhea earth. The Holy Spirit Himself also, which operates in the prophetswe assert to be an effluence of Godflowing from Him, and returning back again like a beam of the sun.
I am Godthe first and the last, and besides Me there is no God. Under the impulse of the divine Spirit and raised above their own thoughts, they proclaimed the things with which they were inspired. For even if they are beautiful to behold as the work of their maker, yet are they by the nature of matter corruptible.
Although we do no wrong, but, as we shall show, are of all men most religiously and rightly disposed toward God and your Empire, you allow us to be harassed, plundered, and persecuted, the mob making war on us only because of hcristians name.
On this lake it is that the Egyptians represent by night his sufferings whose name I refrain from mentioning, and this representation they call their mysteries.
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These quotes address that topic. The Athenian sacrifices to Erechtheus as Poseidon. Where, moreover, a significant lacuna appears it has been indicated thus: But it is perhaps necessary, in accordance with what has already been adduced, to say a little about their names. He who was terrible atehnagoras battle, the ally of Zeus against the Titans, is shown to be weaker than Diomedes: Far from killing babies, Christians would not even return blow for blow to adults.
And now do you, who are entirely in everything, by nature and by education, upright, and moderate, and benevolent, and worthy of your rule, now that I have disposed of the several accusations, and proved that we are piousand gentle, and temperate in spirit, bend your royal head in approval.
Hence they receive a sentence of condemnation on a par with one of acquittal. What man of judgment athemagoras reflection would believe a snake was begotten by a god? That means they outrage human flesh, even while the laws are in force which you and your forefathers carefully enacted in view of all that is right.
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But the matter is bronze. They failed to recognize that there is nothing in the constitution of the whole world which is disorderly or neglected. The creator and Father of the universe does not need blood or the smell of burnt offerings or the fragrance of flowers or incense. Citations from ;lea early church fathers are referenced, and the references can be read online at EarlyChristianWritings. The statue of Isis is that of a woman with the horns of a cow, similar to the way the Greeks depict Io.
For God made these angels to exercise providence over the things he had set in order.
We obey reason and do not override it. For the divine is uncreated and eternal, grasped only dhristians pure mind and intelligence, while matter is created and perishable. Nor would he refuse to expose infants, on the ground that those who expose them are murderers of children, and at the same time do away with the child he has reared.
The soul experiences this especially when it partakes of the athenatoras of matter and is mingled with it. Nevertheless, I will meet these charges also, although I am well assured that by what has been already said I have cleared myself to you.
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Thus you will not be led astray through ignorance, and we, disproving the uncritical rumors of the crowd, shall cease to be persecuted. Rather should we be christias on charges brought against us, and either acquitted on our disproving them or punished on our being convicted as wicked men, not because of a name for no Christian is wicked unless he is a hypocritebut because of a crime. The thw of these was Horus the son of Osiris, called by the Greeks Apollo. Me, awkward me, she scorns; and yields her charms To that fair lecher, the strong god of arms.
Some, however, say that these are only statues, but that the gods, in whose honor they are made, are real. Hand and eye and foot are parts of one body, making up together one man: I pass over those who lacerate athenagorax knives and scourges of bones, and shall not attempt to describe all the kinds of demons ; for it is not the part of a god to incite to things against nature.
They dishonor Chriatians splendid creation, for beauty on earth is not self-made, but has been created by the hand and mind of God.
For if they differ in no respect from the lowest brutes since it is evident that the Deity must differ from the things of earth and those that are derived from matterthey are not gods.
If, then, he neither is in zthenagoras world nor surrounds it, seeing that all space around it is occupied by the creator, where can he be?