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Christ as CreatorOrigins of a New Testament Doctrine$
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Sean M. McDonough

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576470

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576470.001.0001

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Only Connect: Creation and Mediation in the Hellenistic World

Only Connect: Creation and Mediation in the Hellenistic World

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(p.97) 5 Only Connect: Creation and Mediation in the Hellenistic World
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Christ as Creator
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576470.003.0005

While it is unlikely that Hellenistic mediation theories were the source of the doctrine of Christ's role in creation, the language of the New Testament formulations does bear comparison with corresponding terms in Greek ‘prepositional theology’. The similarities do indeed give evidence of a common desire to explain ultimate reality. But the New Testament differs radically in its overall account of ‘the way things work’. While Hellenistic philosophy tends to orbit around impersonal forces or principles that shape the cosmos, the New Testament is relentlessly personal in its view of creation. There remains tremendous philosophical interest in comparing the New Testament and Platonic or Stoic perspectives on how the world holds together, or how the invisible realm relates to the visible. Nonetheless, the roots of the doctrine of Christ's agency in creation are not to be found in Greek philosophy.

Keywords:   Christ, creation, Platonic, Stoic, Hellenistic philosophy, cosmos, mediation, principles, Greek

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