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Chapter Two: A Comparison of the Backgrounds of the Writer of Evangelium Veritatis and of Justin Martyr in Relation to The Nature of Truth

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The author of Evangelium Veritatis discloses neither his name nor his relation to the Christian church. He indicates nothing definite concerning non-Christian or Christian sources upon which he draws for the development of his message of redemption. Internal evidence indicates the presence of both philosophical and Christian elements underlying the writer's understanding of truth. Greek anthropology is present in Epictetus' discourses. In particular, his anthropological emphasis is reflected in Ev. Ver. The basic idea is not at all original with the writer of Ev. Ver. It reflects both a Stoic and a Platonic principle. According to Ev. Ver, the basic need of man is gnosis, gnosis of the unreality of all life apart from the Father, of the Father's nature, and of man's true origin and being in the Father.

Keywords: Evangelium Veritatis; gnosis; Greek anthropology; Justin Martyr; Platonic principle



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