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Is History A 'Parable'?

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The philosophy of history is formed in relation to the respective doctrine of creation. The object of creation is the reasons which interrelate and produce the world according to an evolutionary conception of creation. Knowledge of the logoi is indeed definition of wisdom, being ‘contemplation of corporeals and incorporeals’ which ‘contains the reasons about judgement and providence’. What happens in nature happens in history, too, particularly the recorded Biblical history. History is not a parable. For such a sort of story relates instances that never occurred: its value lies in the principles and morals it conveys. It is a flux of signals, which may conduct action toward a teleological destination. Origen’s interpretation of these signals has the constant aim of rectification of history, through transformation of human nature. His ultimate concern is with history, since interpretation always returns to history and to the objective of its transformation.

Keywords: Biblical history; doctrine of creation; human nature; logoi; morals; Origen; parable; philosophy of history



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