These Treatises Date From The Last Third Of The Second Century Athenagoras Of Athens Belonged To That Select Group Of Christian Laymen Known As The Apologists, Who Supported The Successors Of The Apostles In The Ministry Of The Faith By Defending That Faith And Pleading For A Just Hearing Before The Pagan Majority And Pagan Overlords An early Christian apologist making the case for Christianity Really remarkable to see such a developed trinitarian theology so early Wonderful, short read. In the Embassy Athenagoras address Marcus Aurelius and his son Commodus to refute common accusations against Christians that they were atheists, cannibals, and licentious In the Resurrection Athenagoras defends the resurrection from the dead He first answers objections to the idea He notes that if one believes that God created all things, he should have no difficulty believing that God can resurrect people He notes the objection that humans who decay are eaten by creatures and therefore cannot be reconstituted He notes that not all that is eaten becomes part of the creature some passes through And even what is eaten does become part of another creature it does not become so permanently Finally, he argues that it is not unjust for bodies to be raised It is unclear why he thinks some consider resurrection unjust Athenagoras then moves to positive arguments for resurrection First, God s motive for creating man argues for the resurrection Athenagoras denies that God made man for his own needs, for he has no needs, nor did he make man for the needs of other creatures, for man stands at the pinnacle of creation Rather God made man so His goodness and wisdom would be manifest upon the face of all His handiwork This purpose argues for an eternal existence for God s image bearers Second, man s nature argues for the resurrection Man is comprised of both an immortal soul and a body Since God created man with these two parts, the body must be raised, for it would be inappropriate to man s nature for the soul to exist alone for eternity Third, Athenagoras notes that justice is clearly not meted out in this life Thus, for the whole man, body and soul, to receive justice either in reward or judgment the body must be raised.
Athenagoras n r s Greek c 133 c 190 AD was a Father of the Church, an Ante Nicene Christian apologist who lived during the second half of the 2nd century of whom little is known for certain, besides that he was Athenian though possibly not originally from Athens , a philosopher, and a convert to Christianity In his writings he styles himself as Athenagora
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