© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/157007207X186051 Vigiliae Christianae 61 (2007) 313 -356 www.brill.nl/vc Vigiliae Christianae Christian Soteriology and Christian Platonism: Origen, Gregory of Nyssa, and the Biblical and Philosophical Basis of the Doctrine of Apokatastasis 1 Ilaria L.E. Ramelli Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Milan, Italy firstname.lastname@example.org Abstract Paul’s statement that God will be all in all and other NT and OT passages are taken by Origen and by Gregory of Nyssa as the scriptural basis of their eschatological doctrine of apokatastasis and eventual universal salvation. At the same time, their doctrine rests (1) on philosophical arguments mainly deriving from Platonism (Gregory’s De anima et resurrectione is deeply inﬂuenced by Platonism both in form and in content, and so is Origen, although both are Christians ﬁrst and Platonists second), and (2) on the alle- gorical exegesis of Scripture, another heritage of Hellenistic culture: Origen was very well acquainted with the Stoic and Platonic allegorical interpretations of Greek myths. Keywords allegory, relationship between philosophy and Christianity, doctrine of evil, puriﬁcation of the soul, resurrection, eschatology Th e structure of the argument that I shall endeavour to develop is the fol- lowing: (1) Paul’s statement
Vigiliae Christianae – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
Keywords: DOCTRINE OF EVIL; ALLEGORY; PURIFICATION OF THE SOUL; RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PHILOSOPHY AND CHRISTIANITY; RESURRECTION; ESCHATOLOGY
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