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Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement$
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John Behr

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270003

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270003.001.0001

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The Economy of God

The Economy of God

(p.34) Chapter 1 The Economy of God
Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement

John Behr

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains the features of Irenaeus's economy. Irenaeus asserts how theologians may pursue their reflections only with establishing an overall economy or arrangement of the hypothesis of Scripture. Irenaeus's economy is grounded on relating the human race to what God has done for man. His work revolves around the notion of God, the Son, the Spirit, how man was formed in God's likeness, and how these elements act according to the Father's will. Irenaeus uses plasma to describe man as God's ‘handiwork’. Another feature of this economy is that it has temporality; all things exist as long as God wills them to exist. The chapter explains why God has created man to fulfill his purpose, pointing out how freedom is another pre-condition for God's creations. It emphasizes that the most profound of Irenaeus's reflections is the unity between God's glory and man, the manifestation of God and his visions.

Keywords:   economy, God, Son, Spirit, Father, will, plasma, Irenaeus, temporality, freedom

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