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Epistle to Diognetus : THE CHRISTIAN WAY

from the Epistle to Diognetus (Full Text), * 5.1-6.10, translated by A. Roberts and J. Donaldson
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To sum up all in one word-what the soul is in the body, that are Christians in the world. The soul is dispersed through all the members of the body, and Christians are scattered through all the cities of the world. The soul dwells in the body, yet is not of the body; and Christians dwell in the world, yet are not of the world. The invisible soul is guarded by the visible body, and Christians are known indeed to be in the world, but their godliness remains invisible. The flesh hates the soul, and wars against it, though itself suffering no injury, because it is prevented from enjoying pleasures; the world also hates the Christians, though in nowise injured, because they abjure pleasures. Ἁπλῶς δ΄ εἰπεῖν͵ ὅπερ ἐστὶν ἐν σώματι ψυχή͵ τοῦτ΄ εἰσὶν ἐν κόσμῳ Χριστιανοί. Ἔσπαρται κατὰ πάντων τῶν τοῦ σώματος μελῶν ἡ ψυχή͵ καὶ Χριστιανοὶ κατὰ τὰς τοῦ κόσμου πόλεις. Οἰκεῖ μὲν ἐν τῷ σώματι ψυχή͵ οὐκ ἔστι δὲ ἐκ τοῦ σώματος· καὶ Χριστιανοὶ ἐν κόσμῳ οἰκοῦσιν͵ οὐκ εἰσὶ δὲ ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου. Ἀόρατος ἡ ψυχὴ ἐν ὁρατῷ φρουρεῖται τῷ σώματι· καὶ Χριστιανοὶ γινώσκονται μὲν ὄντες ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ͵ ἀόρατος δὲ αὐτῶν ἡ θεοσέβεια μένει. Μισεῖ τὴν ψυχὴν ἡ σὰρξ καὶ πολεμεῖ μηδὲν ἀδικουμένη͵ δίοτι ταῖς ἡδοναῖς κωλύεται χρῆσθαι· μισεῖ καὶ Χριστιανοὺς ὁ κόσμος μηδὲν ἀδικούμενος͵ ὅτι ταῖς ἡδοναῖς ἀντιτάσσονται.
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