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Universal Salvation in Late AntiquityPorphyry of Tyre and the Pagan-Christian Debate$
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Michael Bland Simmons

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190202392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190202392.001.0001

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Contextualizing a Porphyrian Soteriology

Contextualizing a Porphyrian Soteriology

(p.20) 2 Contextualizing a Porphyrian Soteriology
Universal Salvation in Late Antiquity

Michael Bland Simmons

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows how the main theological theme of Porphyry’s works—the salvation (purification) of the soul—permeates what is called the Neoplatonist’s “Soteriological Trilogy”: De regressu animae, Philosophia ex oraculis, and Contra Christianos. Porphyry’s quest to find a via salutis animae universalis liberandae required many years of intensive research as Augustine states. A general introduction to the Porphyrian Tripartite Soteriology that will be examined more thoroughly in later chapters is given.

Keywords:   De regressu animae, Philosophia ex oraculis, Contra Christianos, J. Bidez, universal salvation, Augustine

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