By Mark J. Edwards
Origen (185-254) is thought of as one of many figures mainly chargeable for the infection of biblical theology with pagan philosophy within the early church. Edwards argues that Origen got down to build a Christian philosophy, but he did so with the goal of keeping theology from the infiltration of pagan idea. studying the query of philosophical effect on Christian concept, Edwards argues that students have usually leapt to unjustified conclusions dependent easily on universal vocabulary or parallel improvement. This e-book advances new interpretations of the early Christian structures that are generally known as "Gnostic", and the Doctrine of the Trinity in Origen's "Platonist" instructor Clement of Alexandria. Edwards concludes that Origen's hermeneutics, eschatology, cosmology and Trinitarian theology are all on the topic of his figuring out of human nature, that is significantly against that of Platonism.
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29 The conjunction of (a) and (b) clearly indicates that the totality which is aimed at cannot be found on the sole basis of already existing opinions, even 28 This is how Cooper in his written comments takes it : ‘The last sentence of ` 10, which does refer to aporiai one might experience about causes. . , does not pretend to be telling us about all the aporiai that we may need to get involved in in our further inquiry into the nature of sophia, beginning in ´. In fact, the beginning of ´ then takes one step back, and gives us the wider scope we in fact need.
49 The same is true of the second justiﬁcation, which is closely associated with the ﬁrst one in Segment 4, and of the third one (in Segment 5), which implies, symmetrically, that the impasse is necessary for identifying and recognizing the ‘goal’ of the inquiry. By contrast with the ﬁrst three justiﬁcations, which complement one another, the fourth one in Segment 6 is endowed with a lesser degree of necessity, inasmuch as what is at stake here is the preferable: ‘it is necessarily better that .
These two aporiai deploy a distinction between two ways of giving an account of an object (its description by means of its constitutive parts, and its deﬁnition), a distinction that seems to have an Academic background. One ﬁnds it also in Books ˘---˙, though without explicit reference to the alternatives constituting these aporiai. Moreover, the commentators (as Enrico Berti here) consider there to be no properly Aristotelian response to these two aporiai. Aporia #8, the importance of which is underscored in both ´ 1 and ´ 4, is described in ´ 4 as ‘coming after these’, without our knowing exactly what this is supposed to mean.
Origen Against Plato (Ashgate Studies in Philosophy & Theology in Late Antiquity) by Mark J. Edwards