Episode 8—Letter to Diognetus: Intro to the Apologists

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Jan 21, 2020 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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Forget the Dale Carnegie course. Here’s how to win skeptical friends and influence pagans. Read the second-century Letter to Diognetus. The author’s name is lost to history, but his warm, winsome overture still stands as a model of apologetics—the art of explaining and defending the faith. The Letter is often counted as the last of the writings of the Apostolic Fathers—or the first of the writings of the second-century Apologists. No matter how you shelve it, it’s good reading, praised by saints and popes for centuries.


Free online text of The Epistle to Diognetus https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=1620

Free audiobook of The Epistle to Diognetus https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/letter-to-diognetus/

An excellent study of apologetics https://www.amazon.com/History-Apologetics-Robert-Cardinal-Dulles/dp/0898709334/

More works by the Fathers https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/

Mike Aquilina’s website https://fathersofthechurch.com

Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of http://www.ccwatershed.org.

Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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