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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So that since ten is the greatest number according to the Pythagoreans, being the Tetractys, and containing all the arithmetic and harmonic principles, and the Nine stands next to it, God is a chrkstians — that is, one.

Paul’s bitter reminiscences, when he says that his gospel was, ” to the Greeks, foolishness. The Resurrection of the Dead. To help fight spam, this address might change occasionally. In your empire, greatest of sovereigns, different nations have different customs and laws ; and no one is hindered by law or fear of punishment from following his ancestral usages, however ridiculous these may be.

Now what are we to make of this? The statue of this goddess has the form of a woman but with horns like a cow, resembling those of the Greek representations of Io. He is making all of these claims in order to defend Christians against the charge that they are licentious.


Is it, then, Neryllinus, and Proteus, and Alexander who exert these energies in connection with the statuesor is it the nature of the matter itself? Nay, verily, they are chrustians, and desire cannot touch them! The Two Kinds of Spirits. But grant that they acknowledge the same.

Athenagoras’ defense is a notable one because he was an Athenian. These adulterers and pederasts defame the eunuchs and the once-married while they themselves tahenagoras like fishes; for these gulp down whatever falls in their way, and the stronger chases the weaker: My first loyalty—I want to say this, but I know it is naughty—is to this world, and it is to God only because God rules this World.


Athenagoras draws attention to their peaceful and blameless life: Notify me of new comments via email.

Athenagoras the Athenian brings it back up more than a century later with a long, detailed defense of the resurrection. Homer, a god never rages. Athenagoras responds to the charge that Christians are atheists by pointing out that they believe in God, but in a single God with no other gods beside him, and so deny the multiplicity of Gods of the Pagans. But these things are by different persons explained of natural objects in different ways.

CHURCH FATHERS: A Plea for the Christians (Athenagoras)

Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Christian Literature Publishing Co. For he is not in the world, because it belongs to the other; nor about the world, for God the Maker of the world is above it.

Finally, Athenagoras points out, if, despite its impossibility, we allow a second God, then it would have to be the God of some athenagorass world, standing in no relation at all to this world, and so of no concern pleaa us, since it cannot possibly affect us. For the ship will not sail of itself; and the elements without their Framer will not move.

The emperors’ power is also of divine origin, however, not only according to Romans 13 but more specifically in John For the greatest number exceeds the next least by one.

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

The pagans misunderstood the behavior of Christians, they falsely accused them of the following:. The Roman gods had committed acts that would have any Roman citizen thrown in a dungeon or put to death! Greatest Stories Ever Told. But since this cause is seen to lie in perpetual existence, the being so created must be preserved for ever, doing and experiencing what is suitable to its nature, each of the two parts of which it consists contributing what belongs to it, so that atjenagoras soul may exist and remain without change in the nature in which it was made, and discharge its appropriate functions such as presiding over the impulses of the bodyand judging of and measuring that which occurs from time to time by the proper standards and measures ,and the body chdistians moved according to its nature towards its appropriate objects, and undergo the changes allotted to it, and, among the rest relating to age, or appearance, or sizethe resurrection.


Apparently Christians were suspect not because they taught a new theology but because they rejected the old ways. What, then, are those teachings in which we are brought up? The common gossip about the Christians in the Roman empire was that they brought new converts to a secret meeting.

Athenagoras of Athens – Wikipedia

Ridicule of the Solemnities of the Greeks. For if no resurrection were to take place, the nature of men as men would not continue. 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? Accessed day cchristians year. For, according to him, water was the beginning of all things, and from water mud was formed, and from both was produced an animal, a dragon with the head of a lion growing to it, and between the two heads there was the face of a god, named Heracles and Kronos.

Book I Chapter I.