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By Benjamin J. Blosser

ISBN-10: 0813220017

ISBN-13: 9780813220017

Origen of Alexandria (c. 185-245), a catechist, presbyter, and confessor of the traditional Church used to be a foundational determine within the institution of early Christian theology. at the present time he's more often than not often called "the first Christian theologian" and is celebrated as a grasp of biblical exegesis, rational inquiry, and non secular formation. but his legacy is still slightly ambiguous partly a result of posthumous condemnation of convinced propositions from his works. Become just like the Angels explores Origen's legacy and, specifically, his teachings in regards to the beginning, nature, and future of the human individual. in terms of a old serious strategy, Benjamin P. Blosser discusses the impression of center Platonic philosophy at the human soul after which compares it with Origen's educating.

This research reveals that, whereas Origen was once hugely conscious of heart Platonic speculations at the soul and does borrow generally from their vocabulary, he by no means accepts their underlying, philosophical assumptions and is in reality subtly severe of center Platonic theories of the soul. His anthropology continues to be from first to final a biblical, Christian, or even mystical one, the fruit of a awesome attempt to synthesize religion and cause within the historic Church.


Benjamin P. Blosser is affiliate professor of theology at Benedictine collage the place he teaches classes in church background, ecclesiology, and New testomony reports. He obtained his Ph.D. in ancient theology from the Catholic college of America.


"An bold and extremely well-researched ebook at the approach within which Origen bargains with a primary factor in historical philosophy―the place, nation, and serve as of the soul in a dwelling being. it's a subject on the middle of all anthropological and cosmological pondering in overdue Antiquity. In stylish, lucid prose, Blosser takes the reader lightly throughout the minefield of earlier scholarship and offers a really transparent and skillful exposition of Origen as non secular philosopher."―John A. McGuckin, Professor of Byzantine Church background, Columbia collage, and editor of The Westminster guide to Origen of Alexandria

"Origen is a difficult synthesizer of classical studying and Christian religion. Blosser skillfully negotiates some of the consequent dilemmas, top the reader to a better appreciation of Origen as either a loyal theologian and artistic thinker in his personal correct. in addition, Become just like the Angels is punctiliously researched, rigorously reasoned, and assuredly written - a welcome contribution to the field." ―Catholic old overview

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The Middle Platonic Schools and Soul Division Plato’s precarious balancing of the soul’s unicity with its multiplicity, in the hands of the Middle Platonic schools that followed in his wake, suffers the fate of the syncretism that is so characteristic of these schools. In the end, we can detect the intermingling of three lines of thought amongst these thinkers: (1) soul tripartition, indebted directly to Plato; (2) soul unicity, indebted in part to Plato’s Phaedo but more often to the rising influence of Stoicism; and (3) soul bipartition, indebted to an ascendant Peripateticism.

27. 442A. Cf. Vander Waerdt, “Peripatetic Soul-Division,” 278–79. 28. 1. 29. Note that R. E. Witt attributes orthodox Platonic tripartism to Alcinous. Cf. Albinus and the History of Middle Platonism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1937), 85–86. In fact, Alcinous seems to be inspired by the bipartite soul division of the Timaeus. [25] Inner Moral Conflict still find the terminology of partition never quite expunged from his vocabulary. 30 While other examples could be mentioned,31 the trajectory of the development is clear.

33, 70–71, 146–47, and 197, for respective references. Xenocrates, of the Old Academy, may also be cited. [43] Inner Moral Conflict As a Platonist, Origen could and would occasionally feel the lure of dualism; yet as a Christian, Origen was an unflinching defender of the goodness of the material order. The twin doctrines of creation and redemption hinge upon this stance, and Origen defended them with the tenacity that earned him the moniker Adamantius. The doctrine of creation was no abstraction for Origen: the Gnostic challenge was literally on his doorstep in second-century Alexandria.

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