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 on the other hand, all these stories about the gods are true — their births, loves, murders, thefts, dhristians, thunderbolts — then they no longer exist, since they have ceased to be, just as they originally had no being before they were created.
When, then, they fail to agree among themselves about their gods, why do they charge us with disagreeing with them? On these grounds it is not likely tue we should wish to do evilor deliver ourselves over to the great Judge to be punished. Who does not reckon among the things of greatest interest the contests of gladiators and wild beasts, especially those which are given by you?
And if he recognizes other gods, such as the sun, the moon, and the stars, he recognizes them as created, saying: This is to our interest too, “so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life,”  and be ready to do all we are commanded.
For we center our attention not on the skill of christiams speeches but on the proof and lessons of actions. He recounted their genealogies and their several exploits, and is viewed by our accusers as a rather reliable theologian.
Christians were called atheists because they did not believe in the pagan gods of Rome. How, then, I ask, can we approach them as suppliants, when their origin resembles that of cattle, and they themselves have the form of brutes, and are tue to behold?
Athenagoras and A Plea for the Christians
For he had children from his mother, Rhea, and his daughter Kore, and married his own sister. If, therefore, he does not create or exercise providence, and if there is no place where he can dwell, then from the beginning there has been one God and one alone, the creator of the world. The final line is corrupt. For surely those who so magnified them by their stories that they were taken for gods would not have invented their sufferings.
Philip Schaff says that “all historians put a high estimate on Athenagoras” History of the Churchathenagorsa. He thinks that heroes are separated souls of men, the good ones being good souls and the bad ones evil souls. But if to any one it appears sheer nonsense that the body which has mouldered away, and been dissolved, and reduced to nothing, ahtenagoras 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.
But why—for do not, like the multitude, be led astray by hearsay—why is tne mere name odious to you? Is it the christiqns of their bodies? The brilliant bribe of gold seen in the hand Ev’n him perverted: Tor not even water, according to them, is the origin of everything.
Athenagoras of Athens
Or how could statues exist without both matter and artisan? Should we, then, unless we believed that a God presides over the human racethus purge ourselves from evil? Rather, “When the demon plots against a man, He first impairs the mind.
But not even water, according to them, is the beginning of all things. Or shall we say the constitution of matter is responsible? It is, then, these demons we have been talking about that draw men to idols.
A Plea for the Christians
Regrettably, I can’t reply to every letter, but I greatly appreciate your feedback — especially notifications about typographical errors and inappropriate ads. Index of Scripture References. The apologies of the 2nd century give a clear, consistent picture of early Christianity; a Christianity that already held to those tenets which would be immortalized in the Nicene Creed and that laid great emphasis on obedience to the commands of Jesus Christ. For what the image is said now to effect, it effected when Neryllinus was alive and sick.
But even if a god takes flesh for a divine purpose, must he become a slave of lust like this: This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.
For who are more deserving to obtain the things they ask, than those who, like us, pray for your government, that you may, as is most equitable, receive the kingdom, son from father, and that your empire may receive increase and addition, all men becoming subject to your sway?
These we hold in contempt, though to the generality they appear matters of great importance; for we olea learned, not only not to return blow for blow, nor to go to law with those who plunder and rob us, but to those who smite us on one side of the face to offer the other side also, and to those who take away our coat to give likewise our cloak.
On Faith in God. We do not, however, imagine that they are gods who bring about these effects, whether for the benefit of some athenagorae for the harm of others. Tended by doves at her birth, she was finally metamorphized into one.
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