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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 Revelation of the Son and the Names of God

The Revelation of the Son and the Names of God

(p.44) 2 The Revelation of the Son and the Names of God
The Fatherhood of God from Origen to Athanasius

Peter Widdicombe

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Origen's doctrine of revelation. Origen is certain that we may come to a saving knowledge of God's transcendent nature. But he distances himself from what he considers to be the positive evaluation of human reason in Greek philosophy. He employs the sceptical arguments of his Middle Platonist contemporaries to bolster his contention that the human intellect cannot apprehend truth on its own merits unaided by God's grace. Only through the mediation of the Logos, the Holy Spirit, and the Scriptures may we come to know God's nature and to know his names.

Keywords:   Origen, revelation, God, Greek philosophy, Middle Platonist, Logos, Holy Spirit, Scriptures

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