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Introduction

Martin Laird

in Gregory of Nyssa and the Grasp of Faith: Union, Knowledge, and Divine Presence

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
November 2004
ISBN:
9780199267996
eISBN:
9780191601576
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199267995.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Sketches early Christian initiatives to present faith as a privileged means of contact with God. Discusses the fourth-century religious climate of late Neoplatonism and suggests a much less hostile ... More


“I rejoice to see your order”: Paul and the Dionysian Hierarchies

Charles M. Stang

in Apophasis and Pseudonymity in Dionysius the Areopagite: "No Longer I"

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199640423
eISBN:
9780191738234
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640423.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Religion and Literature

This chapter examines how Paul animates the Dionysian hierarchies. It addresses several of the stalled questions in the scholarship on the CD, questions to which the influence of Paul offers a fresh ... More


Divine Powers and Cult Statues in Porphyry of Tyre

Irini-Fotini Viltanioti

in Divine Powers in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780198767206
eISBN:
9780191821370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767206.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

This chapter investigates the role of powers in the fragments of Porphyry’s On Statues, which derive principally from Eusebius of Caesarea’s Praeparatio Evangelica. It argues that powers had a core ... More


Iamblichus on Divination: Divine Power and Human Intuition

Peter T. Struck

in Divine Powers in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780198767206
eISBN:
9780191821370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767206.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

This chapter argues that Iamblichus draws a distinction between two opposed types of divination: on the one hand, ‘true’ or ‘divine’ or ‘authentic’ divination, which is anchored solely to divine ... More


The Metamorphoses of Platonism

Mark Edwards

in Religions of the Constantinian Empire

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780199687725
eISBN:
9780191815034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687725.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Chapter 3 observes that, notwithstanding the invectives of Porphyry against the Christians, the pagan Platonism of the Constantinian era has a more religious colour than that of Plotinus which would ... More


Pagan Holiness?

Mark Edwards

in Religions of the Constantinian Empire

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780199687725
eISBN:
9780191815034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687725.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Chapter 4 begins with Arnobius’ challenge to produce credible models of holiness that can be compared to Christ. It argues that the treatise of Iamblichus On the Pythagorean Life may have been ... More


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