John Behr

in Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780198270003
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683862 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies


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An understanding of Clement's comments on Adam's character helps to establish the orientation of Clement's anthropology. According to Clement, man is a ‘heavenly plant’, a constitution of nature with fellowship with God. Clement also looks into the ‘innate original communion between men and heaven’. Clement stresses how Adam, or man in general, has to grow and realize his full potential to achieve ‘salvation’. Clement sees how living in obedience to the divine Logos is similar to living according to reason and nature; he claims that ‘nature’ is the same as ‘God’. With an anthropocentric viewpoint, Clement also claims that humans act in a way that complies with their moral uprightness or righteousness. This chapter also points out how Clement uses ‘image’ and ‘likeness’ in different ways, making his vocabulary somewhat unstable.

Keywords: Clement; righteousness; obedience; God; heaven; Adam; salvation; reason; nature; image

Chapter.  7251 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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