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ATHENAGORAS.

INDEX OF SUBJECTS.

Angels, 141.

the fallen, 142.

Atheists, Christians not such, 130.

charge retorted on heathen, 131.

absurdity of this charge, 134.

Athenagoras, his place among primitive apologists, 125.

a trophy of St. Paul’s preaching, 125.

Paris edition of, 126.

his writings harmonized with Justin Martyr and others, by Bishop Kaye, 126.

notes of Gesner and Stephans, 126.

no historical information concerning him, 127.

rare mention of his name in history, 127.

beauty and merit of his writings, 127.

Introductory Notes, 125-127.

Plea for the Christians, 129.

On the Resurrection, 149.

 

Body, functions of, 152.

the resurrection of, 152.

differs from the mortal, 152.

 

Calvin, quoted, 157.

Christian morality, 146.

Christianity, at the period of Athenagoras, 125.

its shackles falling, 125.

bolder tone of, 125.

its conflict with heresies, 125.

Sibylline predictions of, 125, 132.

entreats a fair hearing, 148.

his treatise of the resurrection, 149.

Christians, plea in their behalf addressed to Marcus Aurelius and Commodus, 129.

injustice towards, 129.

claim to legal protection, 130.

false charges against, 130.

superiority of their theology, 132.

worship the Trinity, 133.

their moral teaching, 134.

why they do not offer sacrifices, 134.

inconsistency of their accusers, 135.

distinguish God from matter, 135.

do not worship the universe, 136.

calumnies against, confuted, 145.

elevated morality of, 146.

their conjugal chastity, 146.

contrasted with their accusers, 147.

condemn cruelty, 147.

abolish gladiatorial shows, 147.

abhor fœticide, 147.

refuse worship to the emperors, 148.

Creator, 150.

who makes, can restore, 150.

 

Death, 157.

and sleep, 157.

analogy of, 157.

De Maistre, cited, 131.

Demons, 143.

tempt to idolatry, 143.

artifices of, 143.

Digestion and nutrition consistent with resurrection, 151.

Divine Providence denied by the poets and philosophers, 142.

Doctrine, Christian, 132.

 

Germans, 126.

their criticisms, 126.

valuable editorial labours, 125.

lack of sympathy with the primitive writers, 126.

and of devout exegesis, 126.

Giants, their progeny, 142.

God, testimony of the poets to unity, 131.

opinions of philosophers concerning, 131.

distinguished from matter, 135.

 

Heathen, their gods, 136.

and idols, 136.

recent invention of, 136.

a poetic fiction, 137.

absurd representations of gods, 138.

impure ideas concerning the gods, 138.

their shameful poetry, 139.

pretended explanations of mythology, 140.

their gods but men, 143.

Human flesh, not the proper food of man, 153.

 

Judgment, 156.

necessary to soul and body, 158.

 

Logos, 133, 146.

 

Man, argument from his nature, 156.

and from changes in his life, 158.

and from his liability to judgment, 160.

from his actions, 160.

and from such good and evil, 161.

and from laws of his nature, 161.

and from the objects of his existence, 162.

Marriage, chastity of Christians with respect to, 146.

 

Philosophers, opinions of, 131.

respecting the gods, 137.

Thales and Plato, 149.

deny a Providence, 142.

Aristotle, 142.

Plato and Pythagoras sustain the possibility of resurrection, 148.

Plato, opinion of, 140.

Poets, testimony of, 131.

describe the gods as originally men, 144.

reasons for this, 145.

Polytheism, absurdities of, 132.

Prophets, testimony of, 133.

Pusey, quoted, 157.

 

Resurrection, 149.

not impossible 150.

objections to, 151.

canibalism no impediment, 153.

nor man’s impotency, 153.

will of the Creator concerning, 154.

argument continued, 155.

not merely for judgment, 156.

children to rise again, 156.

argument from man’s nature, 156.

probability of, 158.

from changes in man’s life, 158.

if none, man less favoured than brutes, 159.

concluding argument, 162.

its beauty and force, 162.

Rewards and punishments, 158.

St. Paul, his preaching on Mars Hill, 125.

its apparent sterility, 125.

Athenagoras its trophy, 125.

 

Sibyl, prediction of Christianity, 125, 132.

quotation from, 145.

Sleep, 157.

Soul and body, judgment of, 158.

 

Telemachus, heroic history of, 147.

Thales, opinion of, 140.

 

Universe, not worshipped by Christians, 136.

the Ptolemaic system of, 136.

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