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This is the conclusion chapter of the book, which explores Origen’s philosophy of history and eschatology. It sees whether or not he assigns an intrinsic meaning to history; and, if the answer to this question were positive. His conception of certain functions in time provides the basis for him to establish a view of the historical process. His conceptions of prolongation of time and causality raised the question of the existence of human being throughout an aeon, while the event of incarnation of Christ, and its significance, play a decisive part in forming a theology of history—by ‘history’ meaning the origin and ultimate perspectives of the entire world, not only of human existential condition. How the function of prophecy is perceived and what the actual significance of kairos is—these are questions, the treatment of which renders the character of Origen’s history a teleological and, nonetheless, a dramatic one.

Keywords: aeon; eschatology; incarnation of Christ; kairos; Origen; philosophy of history; prolongation of time; prophecy



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