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The Concept Of Kairos

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The concept of kairos makes sense in consideration of history having a beginning and proceeding to an end. This process is crucial since creaturely motion is morally coloured with rational creatures striving to carry through eschatological perspective. The conception of time as extension means that this motility relates to will of God, positively or negatively, since ‘there is nothing between committing sin and not committing sin’. Kairos denotes a quality of action in time, when an event of outstanding significance occurs. It has been argued that kairos pertains to God’s action only. This chapter explores the extent to which Origen entertains this idea. The fact is that the distinction between ‘time’ and ‘kairos’ is regularly made and concept of kairos is closely related to that of prophecy in two ways: kairos is a moment of time when a prophecy was pronounced; kairos is a time when a prophecy is fulfilled.

Keywords: eschatological perspective; fulfilled; kairos; motility; Origen; pronounced; prophecy; will of God



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