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

The risen body is different from the present chapter 7. It aims apparently at giving a clear, calm and plwa statement of the Christian case. Athenagoras spoke of Christianity as if equal to philosophy. To get any traction at all, athnagoras make some use of our views, we have to allow that they could be right, and they could be wrong, but we think they are right, and so that means that this action, and not that one, will be effective. The former charge, therefore, athenagors false, if any one should ask them in regard to the second, whether they have seen what they assert, chfistians one of them would be so barefaced as to say that he had.

For in the temples at their solemn festivals they beat their breasts as for the dead, and sacrifice to the same beings as gods; and no wonder, when they look upon the brutes as gods, and shave themselves when they die, and bury them in temples, and make public lamentation.

But if chrustians any one it appears sheer nonsense that the body which has mouldered away, and been dissolved, and reduced to nothing, should be reconstructed, we certainly cannot with any reason be accused of wickedness with reference to those that believe not, but only of folly; for with the opinions by which we deceive ourselves we injure no one else. Nay, verily, they are gods, and desire cannot touch them! Here I associate the ideal language and what can be cjristians in it with the Forms and what can fall under them.

For we bestow our attention, not on the study of words, but on the exhibition and teaching of actions, — that a person should either remain as he was born, or be content with one marriage; for a second marriage is only a specious adultery.


Chapter 14 appears to teach against original sin: Do you see on high him who, with humid arms, Clasps both the boundless ether and the earth? But they lose their labour with those who know that from of old it athenagoraw been the custom, and not in our time only, for vice to make war on virtue.

Athenagoras and A Plea for the Christians

Ridicule of the Heathen Divinities. Thus Antinous, through the benevolence of your ancestors towards their subjects, came to be regarded as a god. And to this view Plato also bears testimony; for, says he, that which is called heaven and earth has received many blessings from the Fatherbut yet partakes of body; hence it cannot possibly be free from change.

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Athenagoras of Athens

About this page Source. Justin tells of one Christian in Egypt who volunteered to be castrated by the prefect of Egypt to show that the charge of promiscuity in Christian assemblies was false. Tatian Speaks as an Eye-Witness.

The weapon pierced the flesh. These quotes address that topic. His defense Athenagoras analyzes the three accusations against Christians at that time: He writes with a philosophic mind, as he was brought up with Greek culture, with an eloquence in writing.

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? There are also some large stone obelisks in the enclosure, and there is a lake near them, adorned with an edging of stone.

For each of those things to which divinity is ascribed is conceived of as having existed from the first. Schoedel the title ” Embassy ” is adopted by those who see in the Plea an address intended to be delivered before the emperors in person, and that we are driven to the conclusion that Athenagoras was constructing an oration in the forensic style in obedience to the rules of rhetoric. 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.


The Demons Sin Among Mankind. Barnard states that the account in Legatio II reads as if Athenagoras actually addressed the Emperor in person. Athenagoras Clement of Alexandria. The quotation from the prophetic Spirit comes from Proverbs Nothing is impossible to God. But athensgoras have further also made up stories against us of impious feasts and forbidden intercourse between the sexes, both that they may appear to themselves to have rational grounds of hatredand because they think either by fear to lead us away from our way of life, or to render the athenagogas harsh and inexorable by the magnitude of the charges they bring.

This fixes the time to a very narrow window.

It is that you may not be carried away by the popular and irrational opinion, but may have the truth clearly before you. For how could figures be made without matter or an artificer? Neither, again, is it reasonable that matter should be older than God ; for the efficient cause must of necessity exist before the things that are made.

It could not have power over this world and its God unless, of course, this world christianx its god somehow fell under the providence of the second God, participating in whatever serves as the analogue of the Form of the Good in that second God. And in our investigation the cause of their creation is followed by the nature of the men so created, and the nature of those created by the just judgment of their maker upon them, and athenagorqs these by the end of their existence.

If any one, therefore, is more savage than the brutes, what punishment that he can endure shall be deemed adequate to such offenses? athebagoras

A citizen of Ilium calls Hector a god, and pays divine honours to Helen, taking her for Adrasteia.