Episode 8—Letter to Diognetus: Intro to the Apologists
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.
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