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Admitting of human frailty, Origen delivered homilies being hortatory in nature and refined in their mode of argumentation. In his frequently didactic style, he appears restless for the welfare of the entire Church. His most penetrating speculations and concepts appear at points giving the impression that they come forth somehow in passing, in works where his principal purpose was both theological and pastoral at the same time. The salient feature of his theology though is that the Christian message, with Jesus in the center of it, was never lost or submerged. This is the introduction chapter of the book, which aims to show that he must be credited with having pioneered the cardinal ideas of the Christian philosophy of history. It shows that Origen’s philosophy of history and his eschatology can fit as properly as any other aspect of his theology into the surrounding context of his thought.

Keywords: cardinal ides; Christian philosophy; Church; Jesus; Origen; pastoral



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