from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Erigena, John Scotus 810?-877? Irish-born theologian and philosopher who sought to reconcile Neo-Platonism and Christian belief in his principal work, On the Division of Nature (862-866).


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  • He was an Irishman: indeed, wrote under the name of Erigena, 'Irish-born'.

    'The Invention of Scotland: History and Myth'

  • Erigena, for example, in the ninth century, John of Salisbury in the twelfth, Raimond Lully in the thirteenth, with a hundred others, speak straight to us in the very language that they naturally adopted in thinking of learned matters.

    The Art of Literature

  • A lush and unspoiled world, Gamma Erigena was inhabited primarily by an utterly non-belligerent, childlike species who welcomed the more advanced Terrans, eager to learn their ways.

    Dwellers in the Crucible

  • But as I understand the human way, service—such as your service to the inhabitants of Erigena—may sometimes evolve into that which, for want of a better term, I shall call dedication.

    Dwellers in the Crucible

  • In your case it was toward your work on Erigena, and toward she who is your mother.

    Dwellers in the Crucible

  • Yet she had wept as Gamma Erigena spun out of sight of her port on the starliner going back to Earth.

    Dwellers in the Crucible

  • Spinning out these consequences in extraordinary detail constituted the fabric of The Celestial Hierarchy, a speculative innovation by Dionysius that gained increasing authority in the centuries that followed, first through its acceptance by Pope Gregory the Great, then through its repetition by Scotus Erigena, and finally through its adoption and reworking by Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, and Bonaventure in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

    The Angels and Us

  • _Erigena_, indicate his Irish origin; the original _Scoti_ being inhabitants of the North of Ireland.

    English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History Designed as a Manual of Instruction

  • You have, in this contemplative outlook, carried the peculiar methods of artistic apprehension to their highest stage: with the result that the sense-world has become for you, as Erigena said that all creatures were, "a theophany, or appearance of God."

    Practical Mysticism

  • If that substance is real he is styled a Realist, and such were Erigena, Amalric, David of Dinant, Giordano Bruno, and Spinoza.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery


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