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Hellenism and Christianity
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A. General Features

Hellenism, the language and thought-forms of which influenced reflection on Christian revelation and the formulation of dogma from the 2nd to the 4th century, must not be taken asa homogeneous philosophical system, such as that of Plato, Aristotle or the Stoics. It consists of syncretist structures — neo-Pythagoreanism, middle Platonism, neo-Platonism — in which Pl…

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Paul Henry, “Hellenism and Christianity”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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