Origen and the Life of the Stars: A History of an Idea - Oxford Early Christian Studies (Paperback)
  • Origen and the Life of the Stars: A History of an Idea - Oxford Early Christian Studies (Paperback)

Origen and the Life of the Stars: A History of an Idea - Oxford Early Christian Studies (Paperback)

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It was widely assumed by intellectuals from antiquity to the Middle Ages that the beauty and regularity of the heavens was a sign of their superior life. Through this belief the stars gained an important position in Greek religion, and speculations on their nature figured prominently in discussions of human psychology and eschatology. In the third century AD the influential Christian theologian Origen included Hellenistic theories on the life and nature of the stars in his cosmology. This marked an interesting episode in the history of the idea, but it also had important implications for early Christian theology. Although he was condemned as heretical for these (and other) speculations, he was successful in incorporating traditional philosophical theories about the stars into a biblical theology.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198263616

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