Athenagoras of Athens
b. AD 133 – d. AD 190 • Apologist • Philosopher
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Athenagoras (2nd cent.), Christian *Apologist. He is described in the earliest MS of his works as ‘the Christian Philosopher of *Athens’. His ‘Apology’ or ‘Supplication’, addressed c. 177 to *Marcus Aurelius and his son Commodus, sought to rebut current calumnies against the Christians: *atheism
Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
Athenagoras. Athenagoras was a second-century Christian apologist who was called the “Christian philosopher from Athens.” His famous Apology (ca. 177), which he called “Embassy,” petitioned Marcus Aurelius on behalf of Christians. He later wrote a strong defense of the physical resurrection (see Resurrection,
The Dictionary of Historical Theology
Athenagoras of Athens (c. 177–80)
Athenagoras of Athens (c. 177–80)Little is known about Athenagoras of Athens, apart from the fact that he was well educated according to the standards of classical rhetoric. The only way that we can date his works is by internal evidence. The first of his two extant treatises is called An Embassy on
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Athenagoras.—Born at Athens; flourished about 176 a.d. A Greek Platonist, philosopher, and Christian. Author of an apology or intercession in behalf of the Christians, addressed to the Emperors Marcus Aurelius and Commodus. He expounds and refutes the accusations of atheism, cannibalism, and incest,
The Westminster Dictionary of Theologians
Athenagoras (?–ca. 160). Philosopher and Christian apologist who flourished in Athens in the mid-second century. What little is known of A. is found in his only two surviving writings, Apology (or Legatio in Latin) and Treatise on the Resurrection of the Dead, and in ⇒Methodius of Olympus, who mentions
Pocket Dictionary of Church History: Over 300 Terms Clearly and Concisely Defined
Athenagoras (second cent.) Known as “the Christian philosopher of Athens,” Athenagoras was one of the clearest and most effective *apologists for Christianity in the second century. His Apology, probably written in 177 and addressed to Emperor Marcus Aurelius, focused on refuting false charges leveled
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Athenagoras (ca. 133–ca. 190). An early Christian apologist of the second century. Not much is known about his life except that he was Athenian by birth and received extensive philosophical training. Fifth-century historian Philip of Side reports that Athenagoras first intended to write against Christians,
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
ATHENAGORAS. Between 176 and 180 he wrote a defense of the Christians, addressed to the emperors *Marcus Aurelius and *Commodus and titled Presbeia (“embassy, address, supplication”) of Athenagoras, Christian philosopher in Athens, Concerning the Christians. All we know of Athenagoras is from the title:
Who’s Who in Christian History
ATHENAGORAS (second century)Christian philosopher from Athens who allegedly became a Christian while reading the Scriptures in order to argue against themAthenagoras’s familiarity with pagan philosophy is evident in his works. Athenagoras wrote an Apology (177) defending Christians to the Roman emperors