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Origenist Controversies
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The person and work of Origen were already controversial during his lifetime. After his death, while the reception of his work continued to spread in the Greek East and Latin West, resistance was raised again against the allegorical interpretation of the Bible and some of the theses Origen had presented, especially in the areas of protology and eschatology (pre-existence of souls and apocatastasis). At the end of the 3rd century, Methodius of Olympus contested Origen’s understanding of the origin of the world and the loss of corporeality in the resurr…

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Perrone, Lorenzo, “Origenist Controversies”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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