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Around the flip of the 5th century, Christian theologians and churchmen contested each one other's orthodoxy and strong reputation by means of hurling fees of "Origenism" at their competitors. And even supposing orthodoxy was once extra narrowly outlined by way of that period than in the course of Origen's lifetime within the 3rd century, his speculative, Platonizing theology was once no longer the single factor at stake within the Origenist controversy: "Origen" turned a code note for nontheological proceedings in addition. Elizabeth Clark explores the theological and extra-theological implications of the dispute, makes use of social community research to give an explanation for the non-public alliances and enmities of its members, and indicates the way it prefigured glossy issues with the prestige of illustration, the social development of the physique, and praxis vis--vis conception. formed via the Trinitarian and ascetic debates, and later to steer clashes among Augustine and the Pelagians, the Origenist controversy intersected with patristic campaigns opposed to pagan "idolatry" and Manichean and astrological determinism. Discussing Evagrius Ponticus, Epiphanius, Theophilus, Jerome, Shenute, and Rufinus in flip, Clark concludes through exhibiting how Augustine's thought of unique sin reconstructed the Origenist thought of the soul's pre-existence and "fall" into the body.

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