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- Origen A.D.185?-254? Greek philosopher and theologian who reinterpreted Christian doctrine through Neo-Platonist philosophy. His influential work was later condemned as unorthodox.
- n. Greek philosopher and theologian who reinterpreted Christian doctrine through the philosophy of Neoplatonism; his work was later condemned as unorthodox (185-254)
“Ec. _, VI, deals at length with Origen; Gregory Thaumaturgus, _Panegyric on Origen_, in ANF.”
“Attempts have been made by older scholars to show that the name Origen was a later insertion.”
“History, 4.26]; also in Origen, Jerome, and the Talmud.”
“The beginning of a development which a century later reached its provisional completion in the theology of Origen, that is, in the transformation of the Gospel into a scientific system of ecclesiastical doctrine, appears in the Christian Apologetic, as we already find it before the middle of the second century.”
“This is quite in accordance with the idea of Origen, who makes the following remarks on this point:”
“There is only one conception that has been absolutely unemployed by Origen, that is, the modalistic view.”
“This was the notion of Origen, the basis of the doctrine of purgatory, and the view of most of the Restorationists.”
“The second passage cited by Coccius, and also by writers of the present time, as Origen's, without any allusion to its spurious and apocryphal character, is from the second book of the work called Origen on Job.”
“It was on account of this Tenet that St. Hierom calls Origen the Pelagians beloved.”
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