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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In our case, however, is it not mad to charge us with atheism, when plsa distinguish God from matter, and show that matter is one thing and God another, and that there is a vast difference between them?

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

Almost all the names of the gods came into Greece from Egypt. It lowers its vision to earthly things. For, according to him, water was the beginning of all things, and from water mud was formed, and from both was produced an animal, a dragon with the head of a lion growing to it, and between the two heads there was the face of a god, named Heracles and Kronos.

But with your own hand you slew him, dear as he was: But, when we have surrendered our property, they plot against our very bodies and soulspouring upon us wholesale charges of crimes of which we are guiltless even in thought, but which belong to these idle praters themselves, and to the whole tribe of those who are like them.

This web site, like all published works, can be quoted without permission as long as the quote constitutes “fair use,” an undefined legal term. But we should trust those who have spoken about them before us, and who, they say, are descendants of the gods. For as is the potter and the clay matter being the clay, and aghenagoras artist the potterso is Godthe Framer of the world, and athenagora, which is subservient to Him for the purposes of His art.


This is shown th Plato himself: Two Further Charges Far from killing babies, Christians would not even return blow for blow to adults.

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 athhenagoras or the rest be? They say that Kronos castrated his father, and hurled him out of a chariot.

For it is not likely that the priestswho make it their business to commend the idols to men’s reverence, would assert falsely that they were men. We shall live close to God and with God, our souls steadfast and free from passion. These irrational and fantastic movements of the soulthen, atheangoras birth to empty visions in the mindby which it becomes madly set on idols.

Athenagoras of Athens

How, then, in the light of this and of the fact that we shall be called to account for even our thoughts, can it be doubted that we exercise self-control? Herodotus testifies to this: The Forms and Exploits of the Gods Idols and Idolatry Some hold that Zeus is the air and has a double tbe, masculine and feminine.

Lysis and Opsimus thus define God: For if anyone were to ask them if they had seen what they affirm, none of them would be so shameless as to say he had. Here as elsewhere the poets and philosophers have proceeded by conjecture. The other images were made by Phidias. Some athenagorass Zeus twofold masculine-feminine air; others the season which brings about mild weather, on which account it was that he alone escaped from Kronos. The first part of the first line is attributed to Epimenides the Cretan cf.


But this is a foolish approach toward those who realize that of old, and not merely in our time, wickedness has a habit of warring against virtue, in obedience to some divine law and principle. The early Christians argue that the laws of Leviticus were added because of transgression and that God never wanted those sacrifices. For they gulp down whatever comes their way. The figure is still preserved in Corinth. Heaven is My throne, and the earth is the footstool of My feet: Address to the Greeks.

The Christians would then force the new convert to be a part of eating the dead baby by threatening to turn him or her in for the murder. If any one, therefore, is more savage than the brutes, what punishment that he can endure shall be deemed adequate to such offenses? But you describe the god to me as blood-stained, and the bane of mortals: The very ones who accuse us of atheism for not acknowledging the same gods that they believe in are not agreed among themselves about the gods.

Athenagoras of Athens – Wikipedia

In his writings he styles himself as “Athenagoras, the Athenian, Philosopher, and Christian”. The myth goes that she became pregnant by Kronos and gave birth, and so is viewed as the mother of all; and that he bore children and devoured them. November 11, Author: You emperors, moreover, adorn your palaces for yourselves; but God did not make the world as if he were in need of it.