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Ignatius, Romans. • According to introduction, who was Ignatius? • In his opening greeting, how does Ignatius refer to the church of Rome? Do his words suggest anything about the status of the church of Rome? • Why and under what circumstances was Ignatius going to Rome ? • What did he ask the Christians in Rome to do for him? • What did Ignatius expect to accomplish by his death? • What images does he use to describe his future martyrdom? • How is Ignatius’s attitude to martyrdom different or/ and similar from Polycarp’s (consult previous worksheet)?
Anon., Letter to Diognetus • 1.What does Diognetus, the addressee of the letter, want to know about Christians? • 2.What features of Christianity made Diognetus curious? • 3.According to the author, what is the fundamental problem with pagan religions? • 4.What does the author think about Judaism? • 5. Describe in your own words the author’s understanding of the presence and role of Christians in the non-Christian world (chap. 5-6) • 6. In contrast to other teachings, what is Christianity based upon? (chap. 7)