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By Paul M. Blowers

ISBN-10: 0199660417

ISBN-13: 9780199660414

The theology of production interconnected with almost each element of early Christian suggestion, from Trinitarian doctrine to salvation to ethics. Paul M. Blowers offers a sophisticated creation to the multiplex relation among author and construction as an item either one of theological development and spiritual devotion within the early church. whereas revisiting the polemical measurement of Christian responses to Greco-Roman philosophical cosmology and heterodox Gnostic and Marcionite traditions at the beginning, structure, and future of the cosmos, Blowers focuses extra considerably at the confident position of patristic theological interpretation of Genesis and different biblical construction texts in eliciting Christian views at the multifaceted relation among author and production. Greek, Syriac, and Latin patristic commentators, Blowers argues, have been eventually influenced much less through in basic terms cosmological issues than by means of the urge to depict production because the enduring artistic and redemptive technique of the Trinity. The 'drama of the divine economy', which Blowers discerns in patristic theology and piety, opened up how the author invested the 'end' of the realm already in its starting, and thereupon labored during the concrete activities of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to gain a brand new construction.

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On Empedocles’ remarkably integrated naturalistic and religious perspective, see Simon Trépanier, Empedocles: An Interpretation (London and New York: Routledge, 2004), esp. 1–72; also Patricia Curd, “On the Question of Religion and Natural Philosophy in Empedocles,” in The Empedoclean ˚üsmïB: Structure, Process and the Question of Cyclicity (Patras, Greece: Institute for Philosophical Research, 2005), 137–62. 39 On the full array of divine principles in Empedocles’ theology, see Guthrie, History of Greek Philosophy, 2:257–63.

75 Aristotle also informs us that Plato, influenced by Pythagoreanism but also moving beyond it, established two archai, the One, as pure divine being (ïPóßÆ) and active principle, and the inferior Dyad (nicknamed the “Great and Small”) that participates in the One and is the infinitely extending fund of numbers—beginning with the elite “prime” numbers one through four which add up as the Decad 70 DK 12B1 and A9; 12A15. On the difficulty of ascertaining exactly how Anaximander’s apeiron functions as archê, see McKirahan, Philosophy before Socrates, 34–6.

SUMMARY: CHRISTIANITY AND THE CHALLENGES OF GRECO-ROMAN COSMOLOGY Early Christian apologists and theologians did not develop detailed roadmaps for “safely” negotiating the various traditions of Greco-Roman cosmology. Heresiologists, it is true, sometimes lumped Greco-Roman schools of thought into their lists of deviant philosophical and theological sects. But otherwise, as will become clearer in later chapters, the early Christian exchange with pagan cosmologies is a mixed bag of unselfconscious appropriation of culturally engrained and scripturally assumed philosophical idioms (especially Platonism and Stoicism), invective against the religion underlying pagan worldviews, deliberate pigeonholing or stereotyping of pagan theories about the nature of the cosmos, and selective but constructive engagement or transformation of concepts perceived to be congenial with the Christian Rule of Faith.

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