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July 2016 Update

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An update on the show for July 2016

29- Dionysius and Cyprian

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We introduce the two principal Christian leaders during the mid-third century, Dionysius of Alexandria and Cyprian of Carthage…

Cyprian of Carthage

Cyprian of Carthage

Dionysius of Alexandria

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28- Origen’s Legacy

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We conclude our discussion of Origen of Alexandria by first looking at his refutation of the pagan critic Celsus, followed by a discussion of Origen’s highly influential and controversial legacy within Christianity…

A public domain translation of Contra Celsum can be found in volume 4 of the Ante-Nicene Fathers Series

For more up to date translation, see Henry Chadwick’s Origen: Contra Celsum

27- Origen: The Later Years

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In the later years of his life, Origen would continue in his role as presbyter and professor at Caesarea, while also combating heretics in Arabia, intervening in Church councils, writing to the Roman emperor and empress, and authoring one of the most important apologetic works in the early church.

26- Origen at Caesarea

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We continue the story of Origen by looking at his life in his new home of Caesarea Palestine as a both a presbyter and a teacher of a Christian academy. Among his students were famous men such as Firmilian of Cappadocia and Gregory the Wonder Worker…

  • Caesarea Maritima, Palestine
  • Neocaesarea, Pontus
  • Caesarea Mazaca/Eusebia, Cappadocia
Origen at the Library of Caesarea PD-US

Origen at the Library of Caesarea
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Gregory of Neocaesarea
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Firmilian of Caesarea Mazaca

Firmilian of Caesarea Mazaca

25- The Antipope

A ancient Roman statue (originally of a women, now with a male head) associated with Hippolytus and his community. PD-US

An ancient Roman statue (originally of a women, now with a male head) associated with Hippolytus and his community.
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In the early third century, the Church of Rome was engulfed in factional debates over Christology, which even led to schism. Along the way, important theological questions would be raised, and even more important answers would developed. In particular, the  theology put forward by Hippolytus, the first “antipope” of the Roman Church, and the last Greek Church Father of the West…

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24- Origen’s Contemporaries

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Alexander of Cappadocia and Jerusalem
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From Alexander Severus to Alexander of Jerusalem, the time of Origen was a lively one for Christian intellectuals living both within and outside the Roman Empire…

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The Life and Works of Julius Africanus- by Christopher Jones at Gates of Nineveh