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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If we did not think that a God ruled over the human race, would we live in such purity? Ridicule of the Studies of the Greeks. If, then, these are gods, why did they not exist from the beginning?

But if these charges are inventions and unfounded slanders, they arise from the fact that it is natural for vice to oppose virtue and it is in accord with God’s law for contraries to war against each other. The Passions of the Gods Rather, it addresses philosophical problems such as how does God resurrect bodies that have been destroyed and why God must resurrect the body and not simply the soul. It is in this lake that the Egyptians at night perform representations of his passion, which they refer to as mysteries.

It is these people who revile us with the very things they are conscious of in themselves and which they attribute to their gods. Take the case of the Egyptians, is it not ridiculous? God’s eternal providence, however, is equally over us all: I am learning from these quotes a…. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: For they gulp down whatever comes their way.

Retrieved from ” https: And what good reason is there to believe some of the tales and to disbelieve others, since the poets told them in order to idealize their heroes?

The Athenian sacrifices to Erechtheus as Poseidon. How, then, can the nature of the gods remain unaltered, when they do not have essential being but are created? How much less can I call those objects gods, whose makers I know were men? We venture, therefore, to state our case before you. And that it is the demons who act under their names, is proved by the nature of their operations.

Athenagoras Pleads for Christians – AD Church History Timeline

The flaming thunderbolt brought death. Plato, for his part, while not agreeing in other respects, also distinguishes between the uncreated God, the beings created by the uncreated to adorn the heaven the planets and the fixed stars, that isand the demons. The Romans said that the Christians would hide a baby in that pile of flour, which would be unknowingly killed by the new convert’s knife.


The Resurrection of the Dead. But among us you will find uneducated persons, and artisans, and old women, who, if they are unable in words to prove the benefit of our doctrine, yet by their deeds exhibit the benefit arising from their persuasion of its truth: His answer to the first charge is perhaps the most important.

They dwelt with men and one of them was always supreme. Whereupon she leaped into the sea with Melicertes, her son. For the ship will not sail of itself; and the elements without their Framer will not move. It would fall to pieces by the power and might of God.

To help fight spam, this address might change occasionally. As regards, first of all, the allegation that we are atheists — for I will meet the charges one by one, that we may not be ridiculed for having no answer to give to those who make them — with reason did the Athenians adjudge Diagoras guilty of atheismin that he not only divulged the Orphic doctrine, and published the mysteries of Eleusis and of the Cabiri, and chopped up the wooden statue of Hercules to boil his turnips, but openly declared that there was no God at all.

But the divine is immortal, immovable, and immutable. Google Search Privacy Statement Christian-history. If, therefore, Plato is not an atheist for conceiving of one uncreated Godthe Framer of the universeneither are we atheists who acknowledge and firmly hold that He is God who has framed all things by the Logosand holds them in being by His Spirit. As regards Zeus again: In the light of this it is not likely that we would be purposely wicked, and deliver ourselves up to the great Judge to be punished.

See Plato, Republic 2. The prophetic Spirit also agrees with our statements. The last of these kings was Horus, the son of Osiris, whom the Greeks call Apollo. Are we then to say that Neryllinus, Proteus, and Alexander are responsible far these things that occur at their statues?

For surely those through whom they have got to be considered gods, and who have striven to represent their deeds as worthy of reverence, cannot have invented their sufferings.


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But Godbeing perfectly good, is eternally doing good. But for them to share in one and the same being is impossible, since, if they shared the same godhead, they would be alike; but because gods are uncreated they cannot be alike.

But as clay cannot by itself become pottery without art, so matter, which is altogether pliable, cannot receive distinction, form, or beauty apart from God the creator. For I know that as you excel all men in intelligence and imperial power, so you surpass all in your grasp of every branch of learning, mastering them all with more success than those who devote themselves exclusively ghe one.

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

Euripides, speaking of those who, according to popular preconception, are ignorantly called gods, says doubtingly: They are eager for the blood of sacrifices and lick them up. On finding them, she buried them in a tomb which is still called “Osiriake. Sorry animal lovers, but he rejects the idea that animals will chgistians in heaven: We do not, moreover, reckon pottery of more value than the potter, or bowls or vessels of gold than the artisan.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here He establishes the principle chrisyians monotheismciting pagan poets and philosophers in support of the very doctrines for which Christians are condemned, and argues for the superiority of the Christian belief in God to that of pagans.

What, therefore, is conceded as the common right of all, we claim for ourselves, that we shall not be hated and punished because we are called Christians for what has the name to do with our being bad men?

Who, then, would not be astonished to hear those called atheists who admit God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and who teach their unity in power and their distinction in rank? His Apology is the best defence of the Christians produced in that age.