Letter to Diognetus
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“This faith, if only you desire it, you can have.”
Regarded as “one of the most exquisite pieces of early Christian literature”, this letter from an anonymous author to a pagan named Diognetus is a sublime work of Christian apologetics not to be missed.
The translator of today’s work goes on to describe the author:
“... an unnamed master of Greek style, a fervent Christian filled with Pauline convictions, a humanist who has achieved a remarkable harmony of supernatural faith and charity, with a highly cultivated intelligence, literary taste, conscience, and social sense. The calm and clarity of his thought reveal a master of logic, the deep convictions of a serious thinker, the eloquence of a trained rhetorician, the breadth of mind and warmth of heart, the poise of an educated gentleman.”
Now if that doesn’t make you want to listen to this episode, I don’t know what will!
Translation courtesy of Catholic University of America Press: https://www.hfsbooks.com/books/the-apostolic-fathers-walsh-grimm-marique/
Alternate Translation at CatholicCulture.org: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=1620
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