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The Doctrine Of Anamnesis

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The number and sequence of Clement's works puts the Stromateis at the ethical level in his teaching, in preparation for receiving the higher epoptic vision as Nautin suggests. The theory of anamnesis was crucial to the Platonic system in demonstrating, not only the immortality of the soul, but its logical counterpart, its pre-existence. It is not difficult to imagine that the Stromateis represent an attempt by Clement to carry out the methodology espoused in Plato's Phaedrus. The connection between baptism and anamnesis arises in the first book of the Paidagogos. The seeds of doctrines germinate or ignite in the soul as it remembers its pre-existent life in the Word of God. Finally it is important to note that, as with baptism, Clement's view of the Eucharist is intellectual where the gnostic is concerned.

Keywords: anamnesis; Baptism; Clement; Eucharist; Paidagogos; Platonic system; Stromateis



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