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Broaching the subject of Clement's didactic efficacy through an examination of his method and doctrine has allowed us to see the important implications of his work. Few people are capable of achieving the gnostic perfection that Clement sets out in the Stromateis. This means that it be considered esoteric by necessity. The form of the Stromateis gives us the strongest indication of the inadequacy of words and their organisation into systematic descriptors or formulae to convey doctrine. Anamnesis for Clement is the process by which the soul rediscovers its divine origin within the Word of God. The oneness of God is the origin of all metaphysical certainty and is the ground of all discussion concerning physiology and cosmogony. Clement's promise of the rewards which will come to the initiate through the search for knowledge is a large one, and his works are a noble and demanding exercise in spiritual teaching.

Keywords: Anamnesis; Clement; cosmogony; God; Stromateis



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