The Christians in the world
"Christians are indistinguishable from other men either by nationality, language or customs. They do not inhabit separate cities of their own, or speak a strange dialect, or follow some outlandish way of life. Their teaching is not based upon reveries inspired by the curiosity of men. Unlike some other people, they champion no purely human doctrine. With regard to dress, food and manner of life in general, they follow the customs of whatever city they happen to be living in, whether it is Greek or foreign.
dimecres, 16 de desembre del 2009
Christians in the world
The letter from Mathetes to Digonetus is an amazing work of apologetics in the greek context of the second century. After talking about the nonsense of worshiping statues as gods, and commenting on jewish practices the author moves to talk about the manners of christians and their religion. Here is a fragment:
as a Saviour He [God] sent Him [Jesus], and as seeking to persuade, not to compel us; for violence has no place in the character of God.
Hope you find it interesting. The Vatican II Council quotes this letter three times! You can find the letter here. The actual translation of the fragment I used here is from the Spiritual Theology Department of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.
Note: In an early version of this post, there were no comments of mine, and only a copypasted text from the vatican archive webpage. This arose some criticism (see first two comments) which I partially addressed here by commenting on the letter.