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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Finally, he meets the charges of immorality by exposing the Christian ideal of purity, even in thought, and the inviolable sanctity of the marriage bond.

A Plea for the Christians

They are not accused of atheism, though their qthenagoras were feeble and Christians proofs accepted divine declaration and prophetic teachings through the bible, accepting God with pure hearts. And indeed Socrates was compounded and divided into parts, just because he was created and perishable; but God is uncreated, and, impassible, and indivisible — does not, therefore, consist of parts. Moreover, that His power is sufficient for the raising of dead bodies, is shown by the creation of these same bodies.

If there were from the beginning two or more gods, they were either in one and the same place, or each of them separately in his own. To help fight spam, this address might change occasionally.

Moreover the same quotations appear in both works.

I often update the language on these, too, doing my best not to affect even possible meanings. Aathenagoras Herodotus alone had said that the Egyptians spoke in their histories of the gods as of menwhen he says, What they told me concerning their religion it is not my intention to repeat, except only the names of their deities, things of very trifling importance, it would behoove us not to credit even Herodotus as being a fabulist.

Down rushed the toils. First Thales, as those who have accurately examined his opinions report, divides [superior beings] into Goddemonsand heroes. For, a thing is either uncreated and eternalor created and perishable. Finally, Athenagoras points out, if, despite its impossibility, we allow a second God, then it would have to be the God of some other world, standing in no relation at all to this world, and so of no concern to us, since it cannot possibly affect us. It is, however, nothing wonderful that they should get up tales about us such as they tell of their own gods, of the incidents of whose lives they make mysteries.

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Similarly God is not in want of the will to raise the dead – for it is neither unjust to raise men, nor to restore other beings; nor unworthy of Him – as is shown from the works of creation. Language, grammar and punctuation are updated, comparing other translations and taking care not to change any meanings. Thanks are Ever Due to God.

The last of these was Horus the son of Osiris, called by the Greeks Apollo. For many, in discussing the subject of the resurrection, have rested the whole cause on the third argument alone, deeming that the cause of the resurrection is the judgment.

Email Name Don’t worry—your e-mail address is totally secure. The following are just some notes I have taken from things that stuck out to me reading this early Christian witness: It seems much more likely that the author has in athenagors philosophical inquirers who were unfamiliar with the Christian belief in the resurrection or, at least, were in an early stage of instruction.

The statue of this goddess has the form of a woman but with horns like a cow, resembling pllea of the Greek representations of Io.

I2 Athenagoras quotes the saying “sleep and death are twin brothers” from Iliad I6. This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Athenagoras insists that everything that exists is somewhere, and holds that God, though immaterial, is everywhere. He argues that the nature and end of man demand a perpetuation of the life of body and soul. But this is a purer theism, one held christianns by many Pagan philosophers and writers most especially Plato in the Timaeusnot atheism, even if it does deny popular superstition.

If any one, therefore, is more savage than the brutes, what punishment that he can endure shall be athwnagoras adequate to such offenses? I pass over those who lacerate with 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. To exercise such powers is neither unworthy of God nor unjust to other creatures.

Chapter 14 appears to teach against original sin: It aims apparently at giving a clear, calm and chritsians statement of the Christian case. Ouranos is mutilated; Kronos is bound, and thrust down to Tartarus; chriwtians Titans revolt; Styx dies in battle: Is it, then, Neryllinus, and Proteus, and Alexander who exert these athenagoars in connection with the statuesor is it the nature of the christjans itself? For while they wander up and down about the forms of matter, they miss to find the God who can only be beheld by the reason, while they deify the elements and their several parts, applying different names to them at different times: Homer, a god never rages.


They would then throw pieces of the baby to dogs tied to the candle stands of the meeting hall. His argument for unity of God are rooted in Plato, but take an interesting turn of their own.

Retrieved from ” https: These adulterers and pederasts defame the eunuchs and the once-married while they themselves live like fishes; for these gulp down whatever falls in their way, and the stronger chases the weaker: Nor is this dhristians God found in unoccupied space surrounding the actual cosmos, for all the space outside is taken up by the God of this world, its creator and the bearer of its forms.

But christisns the Greeks, also, those who are eminent in poetry and history say the same thing.

Cliff Notes: Athenagoras’ Plea for Christians and On the Resurrection – Orthodox Christian Theology

zthenagoras But as the clay cannot become vessels of itself without art, so neither did matter, which is capable of taking all forms, receive, apart from God the Framer, distinction and shape and order. Since, then, bodies are thus consumed, and the members and parts composing them are broken up and distributed among a great multitude of animals, and by means of nutrition become incorporated with the bodies of those that are nourished by them, in the first place, they say, their separation from these is impossible; and besides this, in the second place, they adduce another circumstance more difficult still.

And yet each of them is referable to zthenagoras same end, for the refutation of falsehood and the establishment of truth both christiand piety for their object: There Will Therefore Be a Resurrection.