Stars and the Resurrection Body


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

Stars and the Resurrection Body

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This chapter examines Origen's understanding of the resurrected human soul. It is one of the most appropriate of speculations on the life of the heavens. He attempted to steer a middle course between the views of Christians that the resurrected body was no different from the physical body and the beliefs of a number of groups accused of heresy who had a purely spiritual or figurative interpretation of this doctrine. Instead, he suggested that what would be raised on the resurrection at the Last Day would not be the physical body, but its form or principle. This principle is the content of the soul, and it is this and not the body which is both made in the image of God and granted eternal life.

Keywords: Jerome; Justinian; human soul; resurrection; physical body; principle; resurrected body; De Princiips

Chapter.  6892 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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