Item description for Origen: Cosmology and Ontology of Time (Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae) by P. Tzamalikos...
Origen's Cosmology and Ontology of Time constitute a major catalyst and a massive transformation in the development of Christian doctrine. The author challenges the widespread impression about this theology being bowled head over heels by its encounter with Platonism, Gnosticism, or Neoplatonism, and casts new light on Origen's grasp of the relation between Hellenism, Hebrew thought and Christianity. Against all ancient and modern accounts, the ingrained claim that Origen sustained the theory of a beginningless world is disconfirmed. He is argued to be the anticipator and forerunner of critical notions, with his innovations never having been superseded. While some of the accounts afforded by subsequent Christian writers were more extended, they were not fuller. Of them, Augustine just fell short of even accurately echoing this Theory of Time, since he introduced affinity with Platonism at points where Origen had instituted a radical dissimilarity. With his background fruitfully brought into the study of these questions, Origen's propositions are genuine innovations, not mere advances, however massive.
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Panayiotis Tzamalikos is Professor of Philosophy at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His main research interests include the relation and interplay between Hellenism and Christianity, the roots and evolution of Christian doctrine from its origins until the ninth century, classical and late antique philosophy and its influence on Christianity, the influence of Christian thought on Neoplatonism, patristic theology, and the real import of Origenism and its various implications, from Origen's death up until the late sixth century.
P. Tzamalikos was born in 1951 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Aristotle University, Thessaloniki.