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SMC103Y1 Lecture Notes - Old Testament, Plotinus, Gnosticism


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SMC103Y1
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G O W A N

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Smc208y1 lec 1 sep 13
Origen c. 185-254
o Enormous impact on the development of Christian thought
o 300 yrs after he died some of his positions were controveresd
o He lived in the pre-nicean period 325 with the nicean council
They separated what god was and what laws were; society vs church
o Enthusiastic followers after he died which was a problem because they would sometimes exaggerate his
msgs and theologies
o For henri de lubae origen was an amazing person
o Pope Benedict the 16 gave a thought of major Christian thinkers and two of these talks were on origen
Describes him as one the most remarkable figures and how he was crucial to the development of
Christianity
o Origen tried tying in both the old and new testament together because ppl wanted to banish the old
testament
o He lived in a pre-constantion period 313
Christianity became the legal and dominate religion
He lived in a time period where you were exposed to persecution
o 202 When he was 17 his dad was martyred(died) because of his faith and origen wanted to die with him
but his mom didn’t let him
o 249- empire wide persecution and they wanted to have origen deny his faith but he didn’t and he
survived but then died a few years later
o He is from Alexandria (is in Egypt)
Centre of learning and culture
Also the place before the biblical content vs the Hellenistic content
Bible was translated
o Old testament wrote in Hebrew and read in greek
o He knew Christianity was born of a jewish world
Jesus 1st presentation of jesus was a jewish way of presenting
They called him jesus is the Christ
Another example: talking about god
In the old testament god is the rock, refuge, strength etc
o He studied philosophy after his dad died and teaching was a bit of a fail
His philosophy was platonic
o He is a religious theologian
o To him the greatest source of truth is god’s revelations which is in the bible therefore the bible is the
source of truth
Gnostics
o The word gnos means knowledge and origen wasn’t against knowledge however Gnosticism the mvnt he
was in agreement with
o It oppose spirit and man
Sense of dualism
o Gnostics don’t believe that jesus came in humans form and die
o
Plotinus
o Philosophy becomes a religion quest
The hellenzation of Christianity
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