Lesson 20: From Clement to Origen

Early Christians considered their faith a “philosophy.” Christian philosophy developed first in the form of apologetics, through which Christians entered the intellectual conversations of the Roman Empire. By the time of Origen, apologetics began to open into systematic theology. Christian philosophy was formed in conversation with gnostics and Platonists – using the same language to describe God, matter, the soul, and creation.

 

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Apology, logos, Celsus, systematic theology, Neo-Platonism

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