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When Souls Had WingsPre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought$
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Terryl L. Givens

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313901

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.001.0001

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Neo‐Platonism and the Church Fathers

Neo‐Platonism and the Church Fathers

(p.71) 4 Neo‐Platonism and the Church Fathers
When Souls Had Wings

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Neoplatonism, under Plotinus, Proclus, Porphyry, and Iamblicus, developed and modified ideas about preexistence. Church Fathers were divided on the question of preexistence, but many were its advocates. The case of Justin Martyr and Clement of Alexandria is equivocal. Tertullian was the principal foe and Origen the principal defender of the idea.

Keywords:   Clement of Alexandria, Iamblichus, Justin Martyr, Neoplatonism, Origen, Plotinus, Porphyry, Proclus, Tertullian

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