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God Beyond Knowing: Clement Of Alexandria And Discourse

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In his great study on Methodius of Olympus, Lloyd Patterson often emphasized the influence of theologians such as Irenaeus of Lyons and Clement of Alexandria on later generations of Christian Greek authors. This chapter explores some of Clement's thoughts, not so much about human or ascetic life, but about God in relationship to human life. It focuses on a few basic themes, trying to put them in the context of Clement's theology. The chapter aims to sketch out an emerging necessity for someone like Clement to compete with other traditions and to use common philosophical language, albeit for his own religious goals. It discusses Clement's further elaborations on the relationship between God and Logos. The assimilation to God is an important theme, which Clement revisits on many occasions. Both God and the Logos can be objects of the assimilation.

Keywords: Christian apologetic tradition; Clement of Alexandria; God; Lloyd Patterson



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