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Christ as MediatorA Study of the Theologies of Eusebius of Caesarea, Marcellus of Ancyra, and Athanasius of Alexandria$
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Jon M. Robertson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199212606

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212606.001.0001

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Origen on Christ as Mediator

Origen on Christ as Mediator

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Christ as Mediator
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Jon M. Robertson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212606.003.0002

This chapter briefly analyses Origen's view of the mediation of God through the Word, which gives background to the study of the three 4th-century theologians, as well as providing a methodological framework for this study. It is shown that contrary to the opinion of many, Origen actually emphasized a ‘unity of substance’ between the Father, Son, and Spirit, which entailed incorporeality (with its concomitant invisibility) and the utter simplicity of being which only belongs to ‘the species of deity’ (deitatis species). Origin also wanted to maintain the distinction between the Father and Son, even as he asserted their mutual activity. As a consequence of this ‘substantial unity’ between the Father and the Son, a true mediation of the knowledge of God can take place through the Son. It is only through the divine nature itself that the knowledge of God can be obtained. Only God is a proper mediator of God.

Keywords:   mediation of God, unity of substance, deitatis species, Word, divine nature, Son of God, Origen

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