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TBI-Lecture: Christian Hengstermann – The “Shadow of the Logos”

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Dinsdag 22 januari 2019, 15.30 -17.00 uur, Radboud Universiteit, Erasmusgebouw E 2.21

The “Shadow of the Logos” – Origen’s Metaphysics and Mysticism of Motion

Origen of Alexandria (c. 185 – c. 254) was an early Christian scholar, ascetic and theologian who was born and spent the first half of his career in Alexandria. He was a prolific writer who wrote roughly 2,000 treatises in multiple branches of theology, including textual criticism, biblical exegesis and biblical hermeneutics, homiletics, and spirituality. He was one of the most influential figures in early Christian theology, apologetics, and asceticism. 

‘the greatest genius the early church ever produced’

'the greatest genius the early church ever produced'

Origen’s Christian philosophy is a metaphysics of motion. Drawing upon the “greatest kinds” of Plato’s Sophist, the Alexandrian Platonist throughout views the Trinity in terms of God’s motion of self-communication in creation and salvation.

Its “middle” or centre is the incarnation of the Logos whose “shadow”, i.e. his symbolic actions in the flesh, discloses to humankind the fullness of the light of divine goodness forfeited in the fall.

The concept of incarnational motion is the leitmotif of Origen’s mysticism of the soul’s growing participation in Christ’s soul effected in the gradual realization of the divine image in moral action and speculative contemplation alike.