Origen: Goodness and Freedom


in Christology and Cosmology

Published in print May 1993 | ISBN: 9780198267454
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683275 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Origen: Goodness and Freedom

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Origen's Christian commitment was unquestionable, but his theological conclusions stimulated passionate apologetic or repudiation; he was too right to be wrong, or too attractively wrong to be ignored. It begins by presenting Origen as a teacher. His connection to the Christian community lay in the independence of a didaskalos rather than in the ordered ecclesiastical hierarchy. His passionate search for conceptual clarity and spiritual advance was grounded in his devotion to study as a means of communication and relation to the Logos. As a teacher and a theologian, Origen wished, for intellectual and religious satisfaction, to describe the saving God revealed in Jesus and in Scripture. In addition, his description of divine will and nature reflects the tension for a Christian in philosophical and theological concerns. In general, Origen's cosmology reflects the varied experience of his community and his own personal engagement with the spiritual development of Christians, by emphasizing the slow transformation through discipline and instruction of various souls on their particular journey toward God.

Keywords: Origen; Christian community; cosmology; God; Jesus

Chapter.  18336 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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