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Early Christian Thought and the Classical Tradition$
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Henry Chadwick

Print publication date: 1984

Print ISBN-13: 9780198266730

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266730.001.0001

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Early Christian Thought and the Classical Tradition
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HENRY CHADWICK

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266730.003.0004

Throughout the long history of Christian thought Origen and his teachings continually come to the surface in one form or another. No discussion of Origen can proceed far without returning to the perennial problem of his orthodoxy. All other questions appear secondary to this, and the problem did not first come into existence as a result of the sharper definition of orthodoxy after the controversies of the 4th and 5th centuries. The protagonists of orthodoxy against Arian and Apollinarian heresy were well aware that the Christian writers of the 2nd and 3rd centuries had often failed to express themselves with that precision which heretical depravity made necessary. They were troubled not by occasional indiscretions or innocent lapses but by the whole temper and structure of Origen's speculations.

Keywords:   Origen, orthodoxy, Christian thought, Arian heresy, Apollinarian heresy

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