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Physiology, Cosmogony And Theology

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This chapter gives some account of what Clement says about physiology, cosmogony, and theology. The fifth and sixth books of the Stromateis contain the most concentrated material on Clement's physiology and cosmogony, but it also contains much material on first principles. The discussion concerning physiology appears for the most part in the fourteenth chapter of the fifth book of the Stromateis where Clement sets about demonstrating that the Greeks plagiarised much of their doctrines from the Hebrews. Coming from the eighth sphere downward, however, the Lord's Day corresponds with the first day of creation and therefore the number one, but in this respect it also corresponds with the number seven. God in essence is transcendent, and any predication of God is ultimately inadmissible and must only be understood as indicative of the power of God.

Keywords: Clement; cosmogony; God; Lord's Day; physiology; Stromateis; theology



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