Who is Athenagoras?December 13, 2020
He is a Greek philosopher thought to have lived approximately in the 2nd century.
Addressing to Marcus Aurelius and his son Commodus, Athenagoras, who converted to Christianity, wrote Presbeia the fairy Christianon (c.177 Embassy for Christians). In this work, he used Neo-Platonic concepts for the first time in order to explain the principles of Christianity’s belief and worship to the Greek and Roman world and to refute the arguments of the pagans who accused Christians of disloyalty and immorality.
His other work is entitled Fairy Anastaseos Mekron (On the Resurrection of the Dead). In this work, he denies the Platonic view that the body is the prison of the soul and argues that matter and spirit complement each other. The argument that the dead will resurrect with their present bodies is based on the basis that God is omnipotent and aims to show people his image forever.
Athenagoras is a Christian thinker who lived in the 2nd century AD and wrote an apology in 177, in order to oppose the claims of the pagans who accused Christians of immorality and disobedience and to spread the principles of Christian belief and worship to the Greek and Roman world.