Origen and the Life of the Stars

Origen and the Life of the Stars : A History of an Idea

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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.
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  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 136 x 214 x 14mm | 283g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0198263619
  • 9780198263616
  • 1,162,663

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The Oxford Early Christian Studies series includes scholarly volumes on the thought and history of the early Christian centuries. Covering a wide range of Greek, Latin, and Oriental sources, the books are of interest to theologians, ancient historians, and specialists in the classical and Jewish worlds. A list of titles will be found at the beginning of this book.
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'This is a very good study ... It is clearly and elegantly written and presented.'
Barry Brundell, Metascience, Issue 3, '93 'a most useful piece of work ... Scott's exposition of Origen's doctrine is generally ezxcellent. He has also much that is useful to say on Origen's views on the resurrection body.'
John Dillon, Trinity College, Dublin 'Scott provides us a distinctive perspective on Christian attitudes to the natural world and awareness of the natural sciences. Scott shows a solid grasp of classical and Patristic sources and secondary literature.'
Joseph W. Trigg, Journal of Early Christian Studies, 1:2, June 1993 `a welcome addition to a meagre literature on the relationship between theology and science in the early centuries of the Christian era ... This is a very good study ... It is clearly and elegantly written and presented'
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