Plotinus, Porphyry <sup>1</sup>

Henry Chadwick

in The Church in Ancient Society

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246953
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600463 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 Plotinus, Porphyry  1

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The thought of Plotinus and his pupil Porphyry, who taught a modern version of Platonism in the third century, shows some parallel interests with Origen. Porphyry wrote some works ‘remarkably close to Christian spirituality’, while also being a fierce critic of Christian beliefs and the Bible. Neoplatonic ideas about the supreme triad of One, Mind, and Soul could be considered closely comparable with Christian ideas about God as Trinity.

Keywords: Neoplatonism; Plotinus; Porphyry

Chapter.  1255 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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