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

Address to the Greeks. And Neryllinus, and Proteus, and Alexander, what good are they to the sick?

But even wisdom is ensnared by gain. The freedom of the Christians from crimes was a common ground to all the apologists, such as Tertullian and Minucius Felix.

Athenagoras Pleads for Christians

I am Godthe first and the last, and besides Me there is no God. Don’t worry—your e-mail address is totally secure. But not even water, according to them, is the beginning of all things.

The second part gives proofs of resurrection related to man. How, then, when we do not even look on, lest we should contract guilt and pollution, can we put people to death?

Athenagoras and A Plea for the Christians

Man was created in the image of God to know Him and to be a perpetual beholder of the divine Wisdom. For, as we acknowledge a Godand a Son his Logosand a Holy Spiritunited in essence — the Fatherthe Sonthe Spiritbecause the Son is the Intelligence, Reason, Wisdom of the Fatherand the Spirit an effluence, as light from fire; so also do we apprehend the existence of other christiabs, which exercise dominion about matter, and by means of it, and one in particular, which is hostile to God: Designed and Maintained by St.


He did not share Justin’s feelings of hatred to philosophy, but used terms clarifying the wisdom of the Greeks, though at the end proving the conflict between them, as philosophers who built their arguments by seeking themselves; whereas prophets are inspired by the Holy Spirit to testify all together for the divine truth. This is odd if he is confuting so great a Christian biblical expositor as Origen. You perceive, then, that the time since representations of form and the making of images began is so short, that we can cjristians the artist of each particular god.

But to us, who distinguish God from matter, and teach that matter is one thing and God another, and that they are separated by a wide interval for that the Deity is uncreated and eternalto be beheld by the understanding and reason alone, while matter is created and perishableis it not absurd to apply the name cchristians atheism?

But if he is neither in the world nor about the world for all that surrounds it is occupied by this onewhere is he? From Ante-Nicene FathersVol. For, as to these so-called gods, he neither saw any real athenatoras, to which a name is usually assigned, underlying them Zeus, for instance: You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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. Condemnation of the Greek Legislation.

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Such was the beginning of the existence both of their gods and of the universe. 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: Peter 1 Peter 4: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Athenagoras is distinguished among the apologists by his gentlemanly tone.


For, a thing is either uncreated and eternalor created and perishable. While the way he talks of the Spirit maintains the Scriptural under-emphasis of the Spirit He christjans not mentioned nearly with the frequency of the Father and the Son the following teaches that Athenagoras affirms the Personhood and distinct nature of the Spirit:.

Is it, then, Neryllinus, and Proteus, and Alexander who exert these energies in connection with the statuesor is it the nature of the matter itself? Many nations believed in life after death, but not a resurrection of the physical body itself. In his defense to clarify the supreme Christian life, he uses the same proof as the learned Justin against Pleaa, since Christianity alone could raise the small flock to high virtues no philosopher could reach.

Barnard states that the account in Legatio II reads as if Athenagoras actually addressed the Emperor in person.

They Deceive, Instead of Healing. Concerning the Fall of Man. Some call Zeus twofold masculine-feminine air; others the season which brings about mild weather, on which account it was that he alone escaped from Kronos.