Origen and Allegory



Alrighty. So this is my first foray into history hunting for hope.  As I mentioned in a post a bit ago, I am hoping that others with join me in this exploration of tradition.  The video on that link explains the thrust of my invitation more fully, but suffice it to say that I would love to hear from folks about how it is their scholarship feeds a contemporary living faith.  If you have notions about how that might happen, or examples of it happening, send them along.  Either in the comments below, or via direct contact with me. Anywho…

So the above flick is about Origen, and the sources referenced in it are below in the order of their appearance.


Diana Butler Bass

A People's History of Christianity. pg. 18

Biographical Info on Origen

Robert Rainy's The Ancient Catholic Church From The Accession Of Trajan To The Fourth General Council. pg. 168–9

Mark Edwards

"Origen on Christ, Tropology, and Exegesis" in Metaphor, Allegory, and the Classical Tradition. pg. 240

Otto Piper

In Theology Today. Jan. 1960

Hans Urs Von Balthasar / Origen

Origen, Spirit, and Fire. pg. 103


On First Principle 4:3:5, referenced in Graham Keith's "Can Anything Good Come out of Allegory?" pg. 28

John Clark Smith

The Ancient Wisdom of Origen. pg. 214

4 Responses

  1. Great video Callid, and thanks for riff on Origen! He is definitely one of the most fascinating early Church figures in my opinion. I mean his name alone is bad ass! But then again I've got a thing for philosophers, artists and rock stars who are known by one name.

  2. HAHAHAHAHA! This is awesome. I can't wait for the next two! I love allegory! And Origin definitely has some awesome stuff to say. Thanks for reminding us that he wasn't trying to deny the literal meaning of the text. That's a point that often gets missed. I hope you get an A!

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