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The Realm Of Becoming

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The universe that emerges from the Savior's revelatory narrative in the Apocryphon of John is a complex multi-layered structure based on two seemingly incompatible schemas of representation: formism and organicism. Sophia is the last of the twelve aeons, all feminine nouns denoting the twelve abstract dispositions of the Self-Originate Christ, God's only-begotten son and the viceroy in the Pleromatic kingdom. The line of causation leading to Sophia's act of "bringing forth" follows the intellectualist account of human action (iv) as a voluntary assent (iii) given to an impulse to act in accordance with (ii) the rational evaluation of (i) external impressions or innate conceptions.

Keywords: formism; organicism; Sophia



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