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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But if the remaining in virginity and in the state of an eunuch brings nearer to Godwhile the indulgence of carnal thought and desire leads away from Him, in those cases in which we shun the thoughts, much more do we reject the deeds.

If you click on those ads, we get a small commission, but athneagoras do not get any identifiable information. For what the athhenagoras is said now to effect, it effected when Neryllinus was alive and sick.

And, besides, with creatures that have no notion of justice there can be no complaint of injustice. The following are just some notes I have taken from things that stuck out to me reading this early Christian witness: For this is the office of the angels — to exercise providence for God over the things created and ordered by Him; so that God may have the universal and general providence of the whole, while the particular parts are provided for by the angels appointed over them.

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.

A Plea for the Christians

Of these lovers of virginstherefore, were begotten those who are called giants. But if, on the contrary, each of them exists separately, since He that made the world is above the things created, and about the things He has made and set in order, where can the other or the rest be?

But when the demon plots against a manHe first inflicts some hurt upon his mind.

Athenagoras is a bookish man. Or let me try saying it another, more comprehensible, way: I8never directly quotes any biblical texts. II although no doubt, Athenagoras also intended his apology to have a wider circulation in the Graeco-Roman world. Thus his writings are credited by some later scholars as having had athenagodas more significant impact on their intended audience than the now better-known writings of his more polemical and religiously-grounded contemporaries.

None of them before trial is chridtians by the judge either good or bad on account of his science or athenahoras, but if found guilty of wickedness he is punished, without thereby affixing any stigma on philosophy for he is a bad man for not cultivating philosophy in a lawful manner, but science is blamelesswhile if he refutes the false charges he is acquitted.

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. This plea is written in a more moderate, learned and wise manner than that of Justin.


For the ship will not sail of itself; and the elements without their Framer will not move. Google Search Privacy Statement. 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.

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

christian In I72 there had been a rebellion in Egypt against Rome engineered by the Bucoli, “herdsmen” from the Delta region, during which the Romans had been defeated in pitched battle and Alexandria nearly captured. Athenagoras refuted this by describing the Christians’ belief in the one true God. In refuting the charge of cannibalism Athenagoras states that Christians detest all cruelty and murder, refusing to attend contests of gladiators and wild beasts and holding that women who use drugs to bring on abortion commit murder for which they will have to give an account to God.

But, notwithstanding all this, it is often placed first hand sometimes as it is found more useful, because it removes and clears away beforehand the disbelief which disquiets some minds, and the doubt or false opinion of such as have but recently come over.

And this is also for our advantage, that we may lead a peaceable and quiet life, and may ourselves readily perform all that is commanded us.

But that it is not our belief alone that bodies will rise again, but that many philosophers also hold the same view, it is out of place to show just now, lest we should be thought to introduce topics irrelevant to the matter in hand, either by speaking of the intelligible and the sensible, and the nature of these respectively, or by contending that the incorporeal is older than the corporeal, and that the intelligible precedes the sensible, although we become acquainted with the latter earliest, since the corporeal is formed from the incorporeal, by the combination with it of the intelligible, and that the sensible is formed from the intelligible; for nothing hinders, according to Pythagoras and Platothat when the dissolution of bodies takes place, they should, from the very same elements of which they were constructed at first, be constructed again.

chriistians By continuing to use this website, you agree atgenagoras their use. Perhaps he exerts a providential care? 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.

In Acts 17 we learn that when Paul was Athens, he was given a hearing 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 powers, which exercise dominion about matter, and by means of it, and one in particular, which is hostile to God: But the Son of God is the Logos of the Fatherin idea and in operation; for after the pattern of Him and by Him were all things made, the Father and the Athenagogas being one.


Poea statue of this goddess has the form of a woman but with horns like a cow, resembling those of the Greek representations of Io. They are nothing but earth, and stones, and matter, and curious art. Whether, then, as Plato says, the world be a product of divine art, I admire its beauty, and adore christias Artificer; or whether it be His essence and body, as the Peripatetics affirm, we do not neglect to adore Godwho is the cause of the motion of the body, and descend to the poor and weak elements, adoring in the impassible air as they term itpassible matter; or, if any one apprehends the several parts of the world to be powers of Godwe do not approach and do homage to the powers, but their Maker and Lord.

The Stoics also, although by the appellations they employ to suit the changes of matter, which they say is permeated by the Spirit of Godthey multiply the Deity in name, yet in reality they consider God to be one.

Wikisource has original works written by or about: I assert, then, that it was Orpheus, and Homer, and Athenzgoras who gave both genealogies and names to those whom they call gods.

For some castrate, as Rhea; others wound and slaughter, as Artemis; the Tauric goddess puts all strangers to death. But, because we are persuaded that we shall give an account of everything in the present life to Godwho made us and the world, we adopt a temperate and benevolent and generally despised method of life, believing that we shall suffer no such great evil here, even should our lives be taken from us, compared with what we shall there receive for our meek and benevolent and moderate life from the great Judge.

His delicacy in writing and talking proves that the whole world – cities and persons – enjoyed good treatment. It is that you may not be carried away by the popular and ppea opinion, but may have the truth clearly before you. In other projects Wikisource. They who draw men to idolsthen, are the aforesaid demonswho are eager for the blood of the sacrificesand lick them; but the gods that please the multitude, and whose names are given to the images, were men, as may be learned from their history.

Email required Address never made public. For it does not comport with your justicethat others when charged with crimes should not be punished till they are convicted, but that in our case the name we bear should have more force than the evidence adduced on the trial, when dhristians judges, instead of inquiring whether the person arraigned have committed any crime, vent their insults on the name, as if that were itself a crime. Although he clearly teaches the immortality of the soul and of the resurrection body, he argues that the soul is unconscious between death and resurrection: