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Origen and the Life of the Stars: A History of an Idea

Alan Scott


It was widely assumed by intellectuals from antiquity to the Middle Ages that the beauty and regularity of the heavens was a sign of their superior life. Through this belief the stars gained an important position in Greek religion, and speculations on their nature figured prominently in discussions of human psychology and eschatology. In the 3rd century AD the influential Christian theologian Origen included Hellenistic theories on the life and nature of the stars in his cosmology. This marked an interesting episode in the history of the idea, but it also had important implications for early C ... More

Keywords: antiquity, Middle Ages, stars, Greek religion, eschatology, Origen, cosmology, early Christian theology, heretic, biblical theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198263616
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263616.001.0001


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Alan Scott, author
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