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Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
May 15th, 2015 by Joel Watts

#QOTD, Evagrius of Pontus on the soul needed to know Christ

The knowledge of Christ requires not an intellectual soul but a contemplative soul.

– Evagrius of Pontus, Gnostic Centuries

This is back when “gnostic” was an acceptable adjective for Christians. Still is, in my opinion. You can find his writings here.

and another…

Knowledge is excellent, for it cooperates with prayer to awaken the intellectual power of the mind to contemplation of divine knowledge.

We meditate and focus upon a great many things. Perhaps if what we focus on is indeed holy (other), then our outcome will be purer.

Such is the life of the ‘g’nostic.

I would encourage you to read Evagrius.

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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