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Eternal Life And The Notion Of Infinite

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Eternal life is illustrated as a ‘topmost mountain edge’. Since the Wisdom of God is contemplated from there, this view should be boundless. It is contemplation of the divine reality, a view of God who is regarded as ‘infinite’. There are two predications which denote two different conceptions: one, ‘the long time’; second, the ‘boundless aeon’. Since in Origen there is no notion of ‘infinite’ or ‘endless’ time, any duration of eternal life is finite however ‘long’. The Genitive ‘of the boundless aeon’, therefore, registers the state in which a ‘long time’ exists and pertains to. This state is the ‘boundless aeon’. It is plain then that the term ‘boundless aeon’ has a spatial import: it betokens the place from which the view is ‘boundless’. The term ‘aeon’ means ‘world’ and alludes to sundry levels of being comprising the entire world.

Keywords: boundless aeon; eternal life; infinite; long time; Origen; Wisdom of God



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