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Explaining the CosmosCreation and Cultural Interaction in Late-Antique Gaza$
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Michael W. Champion

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199337484

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337484.001.0001

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Procopius on Creation and Eternity

Procopius on Creation and Eternity

(p.105) 5 Procopius on Creation and Eternity
Explaining the Cosmos

Michael W. Champion

Oxford University Press

The chapter interprets Procopius’ account of creation and the eternity of the world. Procopius presents a coherent and attractive Christian account of creation based on a narrative of the divine plan of salvation rather than engaging in a point-by-point refutation of Neoplatonism. The chapter elucidates how Procopius’ idea of the divine plan reframes Neoplatonic arguments and gives unity to his account. It considers central arguments about creation and freedom, matter, causation, and theodicy. His Neoplatonic arguments, particularly about the creation of form from nothing and the way in which God can be said to will creation, were developed further by Philoponus in the next generation.

Keywords:   Procopius, creation from nothing (creatio ex nihilo), Philoponus, will, eternity of the world, divine plan of salvation, Neoplatonism

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