Origen / Scholarship

Contra Feldman – R. Pearse

Roger concludes, In short, the argument put forward by Prof. Feldman is interesting but unconvincing.  The data does not require the hypothesis of Eusebian composition in order to explain it. via Feldman, the Testimonium Flavianum, Eusebius and the TLG at Roger Pearse. It is an interesting article and one that should be read. BTW, Origen knew of the section, although we don’t really know what the section said in Origen’s time: I would like to say to Celsus, who represents the Jew as accepting somehow John as a Baptist, who baptized Jesus, that the existence of John the Baptist,

Inerrancy / Origen

Was Origen an Evangelical?

No. While he espoused some idea of inerrancy, Michael Holmes reminds us that his inerrancy was only in the gnostic, or spiritual sense, Did Origen, the most influential Biblical scholar in the early centuries of the Church, believe in the “inerrancy” of Scripture? Yes. Does this mean that he may be cited as evidence in support of the thesis that “the Church throughout its history has always held to the inerrancy of the literal sense of the text”?1No. As we shall see in the following pages, Origen did hold a high view of the divine author-ship and inspiration of

Church History / Origen

Celsus and Orthodoxy?

The blogger makes three points: Celsus is under the impression that “orthodoxy” preceded heresy. Heresy originated out of selfish desires of Christians. Celsus implies that there was no diversity among the first Christians, but Origen insists that diversity has been a part of Christianity from its earliest days. There are many sects of Christians known to Celsus. via Does Celsus Give Evidence of Early “Orthodox” Primacy? | Earliest Christianity. But you have to read more to find out why. Related articles Review: The Heresy of Orthodoxy (Part I) (diglotting.com) Constantine, the Church and War (1) (frted.wordpress.com) Heresy Then and

Origen / Theology

Escapism in Origen


I admit it – I still enjoy the song ‘I’ll Fly Away‘ although it is generally discredited with the bad theology of escapism, a Platonic/Gnostic notion of what happens in the afterlife. We can pretend that such flights of fancy are new to Christian theology, as we do with most things which aren’t to our liking, but Origen speaks to the fact that he excepted a flight himself. Origen (c.185-253), priest and theologian Homilies on Saint Luke’s Gospel, no.15 (trad. SC 87, p. 233 rev.) «Go in peace» «A woman touched the tassel on Jesus’ cloak and she was

Gregory of Nyssa / Ignatius of Antioch / Origen / etc.

Difficult Verses: 1st Timothy 4:10

This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers. (1Ti 4:10 NLT) I want to follow the same method which I used with John 12.32. From the start, this verse appeared in Ignatius’ greeting to the church at Philippi, attached to the Lord Jesus Christ: Ignatius, who is also called Theophorus, to the Church of God which is at Philippi, which has obtained mercy in faith, and patience, and love unfeigned: Mercy and peace from God the Father, and the


Origen on the Necessity of Proclaiming the Crucifixion

It is necessary, therefore, to the proclamation of Jesus as Christ, that He should be proclaimed as crucified; and the proclamation that Jesus was the Christ does not seem to me so defective when any of His other miracles is passed over in silence, as when the fact of His crucifixion is passed over. Wherefore, reserving the more perfect proclamation of the things concerning Him by the Apostles, He commanded His disciples that they should tell no man that He was the Christ; and He prepared them to say that He was the Christ crucified and risen from the


Origen on Overthrowing the Tyrant

I am trying Brian LePort’s viewpoint and delving a bit more into Origen (also, I liked this book):