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Origen: An Exhortation to Martyrdom, Prayer, and Selected Works Paperback – 1979
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Jesus said, "wisdom is proved right by her actions," and "by their fruit you will recognize them," and "the good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him." These thoughts commend to us the influences of Origen.Read more ›
However, it also must be acknowledged that Origen was one of the faith's most brilliant and original minds. Asides from his remarkable theories about 'what really happened' before and after the fall of human beings and angels, and the creation of the universe itself, his remarkable penetration and allegorising of scripture and seeing the 'spirit' in the letter are rarely equalled by any other Church father. Few Christian thinkers ever had such brilliant talents in speculative theological power, exegetical skill, mystical insight and creativity and daring to try and wrest such deep insights as Origen found, which were in many ways far ahead of his time.
It is true Origen's genius was also in many ways his downfall, and it can be rightly said many of his interpretations of scripture are too speculative or in better words, go so high into the clouds any vision of the concrete ground is lost. Yet one must also admire his determination to set Orthodox Christianity on an intellectual and speculative par with the main rivals for thinking seekers of the time, Gnosticism and Neo-Platonism. To this day his influence resounds through Christian mysticism, and his view of the Bible as an infinitely deep wellspring of Godly wisdom which originated from the Logos itself, is a refreshing counterpoint to the literal and one-sided fundamentalism which holds so much in our own time.
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This mans scholarship and grasp of the theologians mind is astounding.Published 4 months ago by Stephen J Robinson
Excellent works by one of the most brilliant minds that ever lived. There are few minds that can compare with Origen's depth of understanding. Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by Thomas J. Moulfair
Origen (185-254) was an early Alexandrian scholar and theologian, and one of the most distinguished writers of the early Church. Read morePublished on June 1, 2012 by Steven H Propp
The analytical mind of this man is unbelievable and his writting exudes his sincere devotion to Christ. Read morePublished on April 9, 2012 by GEORGE PAUL MCKARY
I've decided that no early Christian thinker is easily accessible to most contemporary Christians, Origen least of all. Read morePublished on August 22, 2007 by Rev Casey
"Let us, therefore, not think that it is words we are taught to say in appointed seasons of prayer. On the contrary, if we understand our former consideration of prayer without... Read morePublished on December 10, 2005 by Didaskalex