On First Principles

On First Principles

by Origen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0870612794

ISBN-13: 9780870612794

Pub. Date: 12/09/2013

Publisher: Ave Maria Press

Being Koetschau's text of the De Principiis translated into English, together with an introduction and notes by G. W. Butterworth

Origen's On First Principles was the first attempt to formulate a coherent system of Christian philosophy, and also the best expression of the theologian's general opinions. The work is divided into four parts: book one deals with

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Being Koetschau's text of the De Principiis translated into English, together with an introduction and notes by G. W. Butterworth

Origen's On First Principles was the first attempt to formulate a coherent system of Christian philosophy, and also the best expression of the theologian's general opinions. The work is divided into four parts: book one deals with God and creation, book two with creation (rational and irrational natures), providence, and redemption, and book four with the interpretation of Holy Scripture. Origen's views are based upon the authority of the Scriptures and Church tradition, and grounded upon the tenets of Neoplatonism. In On First Principles many maxims are given as to the nature of the Trinity, the person of Christ, and man's free will under the hand of Providence, most of which are considered Orthodox teachings. On the other hand, the principles found in this work that engendered controversy and were later condemned by the Fifth Ecumenical Council in 553, are the preexistence and transmigration of souls, and universal salvation at the consummation of the world. This edition, being Koetschau's English text translated from Rufinus' definitive Latin volume, contains selected fragments of St. Jerome's rendition and the meager remains of the original Greek texts in order to furnish a more comprehensive view of Origen's writings. Also included are in-depth introductions to Origin's life and works by the scholar G. W. Butterworth.

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ISBN-13:
9780870612794
Publisher:
Ave Maria Press
Publication date:
12/09/2013
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
424,284
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction i

Bibliography xxxvii

Preface of Rufinus xl

First Principles

Book I

Preface 1

I The Father 7

II Christ 15

III The Holy Spirit 29

IV Loss, or Falling away 40

V Rational Natures 44

VI The End or Consummation 52

VII Things Corporeal and Incorporeal 59

VIII The Angels 66

Book II

I The World and the Creatures in it 76

II The Perpetuity of Bodily Nature 81

III The Beginning of the World and its Causes 83

IV That there is one God of the Law and the Prophets, and that the God of the Old and New Covenants is the same 95

V The Just and the Good 101

VI The Incarnation of the Saviour 108

VII That it was the same Spirit who was in Moses and the rest of the Prophets and in the holy Apostles 116

VIII The Soul 120

IX The World, and the Movements of Rational Creatures both good and evil, and the Causes of these Movements 129

X Resurrection and Punishment 138

XI The Promises 147

Book III

Preface of Rufinus 155

I Free Will 157

II How the Devil and the Opposing Powers are, according to the scriptures, at war with the Human Race 211

III The Threefold Wisdom 223

IV Whether the statement made by some is true, that Each Individual has Two Souls 230

V That the World is originated and subject to Decay, Since it Took its Beginning in Time 237

VI The End 245

Book IV

I The Inspiration of Divine Scripture 256

II How Divine Scripture should be read and Interpreted 269

III The Principle underlying the obscurities in Divine Scripture and its impossible or unreasonable character in places, if taken literally 288

IV Summary of Doctrine concerning the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit 313

Index 329

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