Spirit and Fire: Origen - A Thematic Anthology of His Writings

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Originally published in German in 1938, this highly acclaimed volume presents more than one thousand selections from the various extant writings of Origen, the great Alexandrian theologian. Robert J. Daly has retranslated the majority of these texts from the original Greek and Latin, added the scriptural references in the translated texts and an index, and included updated bibliographical information. Hans Urs von Balthasar said of this anthology that it gave him the greatest joy of all his many books. "In Origen I discovered that brilliant sense of what is Catholic, which I myself would like to attain."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813210223
  • Publisher: Catholic Univ.of America Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 436
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Foreword XI
Introduction 1
Prologue 25
I. Soul
The World and the Soul 37
Self-Knowledge 37
Between Matter and Spirit 42
Sliding Middle 46
The Image of God 51
Participation in God 51
Image of God 54
Image of the WORD 57
Fall and Return 60
Spiritual Death 60
The Sin of the Race 61
Wandering through the Desert 64
II. Word
Word with God 77
The Word of Revelation 77
The Knowledge of God 82
Word as Scripture 86
The Scripture as Body 86
The WORD Which Comes 88
Mystery 89
Image Upwardly Open 91
From WORD-Scripture to WORD-Spirit 94
On Interpreting the Scripture 100
Water and Wine 108
Word as Flesh 113
Christ 113
Old Covenant and New Covenant 113
Demolition of What Was Preliminary 113
The Definitive in What Was Preliminary 117
The Life of Jesus as Parable 120
Incarnation 120
Childhood 124
Humility 126
Suffering 128
The Eternal Christ 133
Consumption of the Earthly 133
Mystery of the Transitus 138
Body and Super-Body 141
Human Being and Super-Human Being 144
Universal Salvation 146
Church 148
The Church in the Old Covenant 148
The Church in the New Covenant 152
Harlot and Holy 156
Heresy 169
The Law of Sublation 175
III. Spirit
Life in the Spirit 183
The Spiritual God 183
Awakening 186
Voice 188
Initiation 189
Grace 192
Faith as Grace 192
Work from Nature and Work from God 198
Human Wisdom and Divine Wisdom 203
The Inner Human Being 208
Doubly Human 208
Fall of the Idols 209
Law of Love 213
The Inner Senses 218
Spiritual Sense and Spirit-Discernment 218
Senses for God 218
The Spiritual Battle 223
The Nature and Discernment of Spirits 225
Hearing 232
Sight 235
Inner Sight 235
Faith, Deed and Vision 239
Faith as Seeing 244
Touch 249
Smell 254
Taste 257
Food 258
Spiritual Nourishment 258
WORD as Flesh and Blood 261
Transformation of the Nourishing WORD 265
Generation 268
Generation by God 268
Fidelity 271
The Great Canticle 273
Divine Birth 278
Mystical Body 280
One Body 280
One Sacrifice 287
Christ the Priest 287
Royal Priesthood 290
Co-Redemption 297
One Meal 302
One Life 305
IV. God
The Mystery of God 317
God-Fire 320
Spiritual End of the World 320
Fire 325
The Salvific Significance of Punishment 330
Unjudgeable Guilt 334
The Salvific Significance of Guilt 336
The Cunning of Love 342
Fear and Love 349
God, All in All 351
The Sacraments of Truth 351
Super-World 356
Union in and with God 360
Epilogue 367
Appendix The Paschal Mystery 368
Translator's Epilogue 371
I. Recent Origen Studies 371
II. This Translation 373
Index of Abbreviations 377
Index of Passages Translated 379
Index of Biblical References 401
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