Episode 31. Origen’s system, or “Down the rabbit hole”, or Don’t Fall for the New and Shiny.

This week we pivot to Origen’s system. Quotes from the episode are below, and you can find the episode here.

I must say, that the more I read Origen, the more I read about him, the more impressed I am with his brilliance. At the same time the more horrified I am that there are people who follow him as if what he had said was the summum bonum of the Christian faith. I’m impressed with Nietzsche, but I’m not going to follow him into madness.

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Episodes 29 & 30: Origen on Understanding Holy Scripture

You can find Episode 29, “On the Science of Reading the Bible” here, and Episode 30, “Moses My Servant is Dead” here.

Origen on figuring out variations in the text of the Septuagint.

I have tried to solve the problem of the variants in the different copies of the Old Testament by checking one version against another. When I was uncertain of the Septuagint reading because the various copies did not tally, I settled the difficulty by consulting the other versions and bringing the passages in question into line with them. When I found a passage that was not in the Hebrew, I marked it with an obelus, as I did not dare to omit it altogether. In other cases, I put an asterisk to show that the passage was not in the Septuagint but was in the Hebrew text and had been added from other Greek versions,

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Episode 28 The Life and Times of Origen

I dove further into the life of Origen with this episode (found here), and below are the various items that I cited during the podcast.

Doxamoot info, “A Reverence for Things Nobler” is here.

Patterns for Life is here.

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Episode 27. A brief intro to Origen

Today we begin our look at Origen. Any look has to be partial, as he was a man of vast learning, and certainly someone who produced 1000s of different types of writings (letters, sermons, tracts, larger treatises).

Controversial in his own day, and even now, we could spend years on him, but as we have to get on to other matters eventually, we will only spend a few weeks treating him.

Today’s episode is found here, at Ancient Faith.

Origen
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Episode 26: The Decian Persecution

In this week’s podcast we look at the mid-third-century persecutions enacted by the Emperor Decius. The heaviest blows fell on larger cities, and especially in Alexandria and Carthage.

St. Dionysius of Alexandria
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The Imperial Persecutions Begin. Episode 25

This episode (found here) covers a number of texts, the most important is the Martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas and their companions.

You can read the whole of their account here, with the main episodes copied below.

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Episode 24: The Intellectual Attacks on Second-Century Christianity

We are back with another episode (which you can find here) and of course another blog post with the content from this week’s post!

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A welcoming door in Emmaus, PA

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I will post the content for last week’s post later on tomorrow, but I was away and quite unable to do that for last week’s show. My apologies. Where was I?

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A Brutal but Glorious Martyrdom: St. Polycarp and the Coming of the Persecutions

This episode we discuss the death of St. Polycarp, and how the persecutions that surrounded his death marked the end of some decades of relative peace.

The Episode is found here!

Here is the correspondence referenced in the show between Pliny and Trajan.

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A Theology of Martyrdom and Persecution (Episode 21).

This week’s episode dives into the question of what the early Church thought Martyrdom entailed. We shall expand on this over the next few weeks, but simply for now, it was much more “being a witness.”

The Martyrdom of St. Polycarp of Smyrna

You can find the episode at its normal haunt.

In this episode we will also have a look at a few authors, though make special reference to Candida Moss’s 2014 screed, The Myth of Persecution.

In some ways, Moss is just hijacking the insights of a much better writer (and historian), namely Edward Gibbon in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and particularly his chapter on the persecutions.

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Something more than Episode 20: On the trail of Faust

For those regular readers of my blog, as you can see, over the past weeks I have used this as a show-notes page for my podcast, “Light Through the Past.” This one will be no different in the sense that below are the main sources for what I discussed this week, namely, two passages treating Simon the Magician as magus, sorcerer, and the consort of demons, and especially as they pertain to the future great Magus, Faust.

It is not without warrant that Simon Magus becomes in Medieval thought a heresiarch greater than which cannot be thought, in that he consorts with the devil, withstands both St. Peter (as Pope) and St. Paul, and sought as a foreshadow of Antichrist, to cast himself even as God to be worshipped as God.

You can find the Podcast here.

Faust, whose name in Latin means lucky, favorable, or auspicious, was the name, depending upon the text, of either Simon Magus’s brother or father.

Mephistopheles Whispering to Faust
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