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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Regrettably, I can’t reply to every letter, but I greatly appreciate your feedback — especially notifications about typographical errors and inappropriate ads. Osiris is named Dionysus Bacchus by the Greeks.

Vindication of Christian Women. But prophetic voices confirm our arguments.

The mighty father both of gods and men Was filled with wrath pleq, and from Olympus’ top With flaming thunderbolt cast down and slew Plfa well-lov’d son — such athenagorss his ire. Thus Antinous, through the benevolence of your ancestors towards their subjects, came to be regarded as a god.

The Problem of Pagan Sacrifices What wonder, then, that some should be called gods by their people on the ground of their rule and sovereignty? They are guided by this alone — to know the true God and his Word, to know the unity of the Father with the Son, the fellowship of the Father with the Son, what the Spirit is, what unity exists between these three, the Spirit, the Son, and the Father, and what is their distinction in unity.

Further, the rampant immorality in Roman society meant logically that at least some unknown incest was occurring because of promiscuity and men who didn’t know they had fathered atheagoras.

Poets and philosophers have not been voted atheists for inquiring concerning God. He is the first offspring of the Father.

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

For these gods do not exist if the tales about them are untrue. But no name in and of itself is good or bad. The Hera in Samos and the one in Argos are the handiwork of Smilis.


Others they form and project by themselves. Athenagoras the Athenian brings it back up more than a century later with a long, detailed defense of the resurrection.

He does not, therefore, consist of parts. On the Resurrection of the Body. For in this passage the name is used of the Creator of the universe.


For the divine is uncreated and eternal, grasped only by cjristians mind and intelligence, while matter is created and perishable. And what have I to do with holocaustswhich God does not stand in need of?

Testimony of the Chaldeans to the Antiquity of Moses. And who, indeed, are more justified in getting what they ask than we?

Athenagoras Pleads for Christians – AD Church History Timeline

On the contrary, it is reasonable to suppose, that those who think they shall have no account to give of the present life, ill or well spent, athenwgoras that there is no resurrection, but calculate athenagorqs the soul perishing with the body, and being as it were quenched in it, will refrain from no deed of daring; but as for those who are persuaded that nothing will escape the scrutiny of Godbut that even the body which has ministered to the irrational impulses of the soul christian, and to its desires, will be punished along with it, it is not likely that they will commit even the smallest sin.

For if it is defiled by the slightest evil thought, it excludes us from eternal life. It is nothing surprising that our accusers should invent the same tales about us that they tell of their gods.

But we have for witnesses of the things we apprehend and believeprophetsmen who have athenagors concerning God and the things of Godguided by the Spirit of God.

We, however, cannot refrain from turning the cheek when we are struck, nor from blessing when we are reviled. But chrlstians such is our character Oh! But we see little difference between watching a man being put to death and killing him.


But so far as their individuality goes, and in view of the influence exerted by the prince [of matter] and his demonic cohorts, men are driven in various directions, although they all share in a common reason.

But if they are at the greatest possible remove from one another — as far asunder vhristians the artist and the materials of his art — why are we called to account? When, indeed, she became a dragon, he changed himself into one, bound her with the so-called Herculean knot, and raped her.

Or about Osiris, who was murdered by his brother Typhon.

CHURCH FATHERS: A Plea for the Christians (Athenagoras)

And I would beseech you, greatest of emperors, before I enter on this discussion, to be indulgent to me while I bring forward true considerations; for it is not my design to show the fallacy of idolsbut, by disproving the calumnies vented against us, to offer a reason for the course of life we follow. But why should I trouble you further with such accounts? Some they derive from matter. But among the Greeks, also, those who are eminent in poetry and history say the same thing. And Sophocles agrees with him, saying: In another world, or about another?

For as the husbandman throwing the seed into the ground ayhenagoras the pkea, not sowing more upon it, so to us the procreation of children is the measure of our indulgence in appetite. Hence they receive a sentence of condemnation on a par with one of acquittal. But as the ship, although equipped with everything, is of no use if it have not a steersman, so neither are the elements, though arranged in perfect order, of any service apart from the providence of God.