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The Fatherhood of God from Origen to Athanasius$
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Peter Widdicombe

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242481

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242481.001.0001

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The Doctrine of God

The Doctrine of God

(p.9) 1 The Doctrine of God
The Fatherhood of God from Origen to Athanasius

Peter Widdicombe

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Origen's doctrine of God. The principal descriptions that Origen ascribes to God are that God is incorporeal, mind, one and simple, the good, ‘he who is’, and that he transcends being and mind. The chapter demonstrates the manner in which he links Middle Platonist and biblical ideas, and turns them to theological purposes. Origen's most lengthy, systematic, and philosophical treatment of the nature of God is found in De Principiis, and it is mainly to its structure and content that references are made, though others of his works are also drawn on, especially the Commentary on John and Contra Celsum.

Keywords:   Origen, God, De Principiis, Commentary on John, Contra Celsum

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