Origen and the Stars


in Origen and the Life of the Stars

Published in print January 1994 | ISBN: 9780198263616
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682612 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Origen and the Stars

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This chapter discusses Origen's views on philosophy and astronomy. In Origen's view, the only proper use for philosophy was strictly to understand scripture, for it was scripture and not philosophy which was the means to true knowledge. For him, discussion of the nature and destiny of the soul and discussion of the physical heavens are intertwined. Following the Stoics, he speaks about rational souls in terms of fire. He is distinctly Christian in his division of the soul in its highest sense into mind, which is fallen and capable of sin, and the unfallen portion of mind, namely spirit. His theories on the nature of the life after death were also subtle and controversial, where his views are explicable in terms of the life already possessed by the stars.

Keywords: Origen; astronomy; philosophy; scripture; rational soul; mind; spirit

Chapter.  16862 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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