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Athenagoras of Athens address Marcus Aurelius and his son Commodus about Christianity and the society in the late 2nd century AD in order to persuade them that Christianity and the people whom believed in it were law bidding caring and righteous people He wrote several pieces of philosophy in the defense of Christianity His speech to Marcus Aurelius talked about several things concerning Christianity and society Moreover is his most famous piece of work His points are as valid today as they were two thousand years ago Most of what we know about Athenagoras of Athens is what he has to say about himself in his own writings we know he was born a heathen and after reading the scriptures he converted to Christianity We know nothing of his birth how long he lived or the manner of his death He was a skilled philosopher whom never strayed from his subject His chief surviving writing is an Apology for the Christians composed in Greek around 177 AD and addressed to Emperor Marcus Aurelius Encyclopedia Americana He attempted to refute the widespread rumors circulated by the pagans who stated Christians were atheist cannibals and incestuous indivuals In the opening of his speech Athenagoras of Athens speaks of the Injustice Shown Towards the Christians He states that all nations have different customs and laws and no one should fear punishment for following his or her ancestral usages he states The Lacedaemonian venerates worship Agamemnon as Zeus The Athenians perform religious rites and celebrate mysteries in honor of Agraulua and Pandrosus Among every nation and people men and women offer whatever sacrifices and celebrate whatever they believe even the Egyptians had cats dogs serpents and other animals they believed to be gods To believe in no god at all is profane and morally bad On the other hand it is imperative that we allow man to worship the gods he prefers that he may be
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