Sacred Communities – Back To The Future?
Excerpt from a letter from Mathetos to Diognetus (Nn. 5-6 – Edited) AD130 ?
5 (The sacred community) cannot be distinguished from the rest of the human race by country or language or customs. 2They do not live in cities of their own; they do not use a peculiar form of speech; they do not follow an eccentric manner of life. 6 To put it simply: What the soul is in the body, (the sacred community) are in the world. 2The soul is dispersed through all the members of the body, and (the sacred community) are scattered through all the cities of the world. 3The soul dwells in the body, but does not belong to the body, and (the sacred community) dwell in the world, but do not belong to the world. 4The soul is invisible, … in the visible body; in the same way, (those in the sacred community) are recognised when they are in the world, but their religion remains unseen.