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A Plea for the Christians

By Athenagoras

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Title: A Plea for the Christians  
Author: Athenagoras
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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[A.D. 177.] In placing Athenagoras here, somewhat out of the order usually accepted, I commit no appreciable violence against chronology, and I gain a great advantage for the reader. To some extent we must recognise, in collocation, the principles of affinity and historic growth. Closing up the bright succession of the earlier Apologists, this favourite author affords also a fitting introduction to the great founder of the Alexandrian School, who comes next into view. His work opens the way for Clement's elaboration of Justin's claim, that the whole of philosophy is embraced in Christianity. It is charming to find the primal fountains of Christian thought uniting here, to flow on for ever in the widening and deepening channel of Catholic orthodoxy, as it gathers into itself all human culture, and enriches the world with products of regenerated mind, harvested from its overflow into the fields of philosophy and poetry and art and science. More of this when we come to Clement, that man of genius who introduced Christianity to itself, as reflected in the burnished mirror of his intellect. Shackles are falling from the persecuted and imprisoned...

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· A PLEA FOR THE CHRISTIANS BY ATHENAGORAS THE ATHENIAN: PHILOSOPHER AND CHRISTIAN · CHAP. I.—INJUSTICE SHOWN TOWARDS THE CHRISTIANS. · CHAP. II.—CLAIM TO BE TREATED AS OTHERS ARE WHEN ACCUSED. · CHAP. III.—CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST THE CHRISTIANS. · CHAP. IV.—THE CHRISTIANS ARE NOT ATHEISTS, BUT ACKNOWLEDGE ONE ONLY GOD. · CHAP. V.—TESTIMONY OF THE POETS TO THE UNITY OF GOD.[2] · CHAP. VI.—OPINIONS OF THE PHILOSOPHERS AS TO THE ONE GOD. · CHAP. VII.—SUPERIORITY OF THE CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE RESPECTING GOD. · CHAP. VIII.—ABSURDITIES OF POLYTHEISM. · CHAP. IX.—THE TESTIMONY OF THE PROPHETS. · CHAP. X.—THE CHRISTIANS WORSHIP THE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY GHOST. · CHAP. XI.—THE MORAL TEACHING OF THE CHRISTIANS REPELS THE CHARGE BROUGHT AGAINST THEM. · CHAP. XII.—CONSEQUENT ABSURDITY OF THE CHARGE OF ATHEISM. · CHAP. XIII.—WHY THE CHRISTIANS DO NOT OFFER SACRIFICES. · CHAP. XIV.—INCONSISTENCY OF THOSE WHO ACCUSE THE CHRISTIANS. · CHAP. XV.—THE CHRISTIANS DISTINGUISH GOD FROM MATTER. · CHAP. XVI.—THE CHRISTIANS DO NOT WORSHIP THE UNIVERSE. · CHAP. XVII.—THE NAMES OF THE GODS AND THEIR IMAGES ARE BUT OF RECENT DATE. · CHAP. XVIII.—THE GODS THEMSELVES HAVE BEEN CREATED, AS THE POETS CONFESS.

 

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