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Neo‐Platonism and the Church Fathers

Terryl L. Givens

in When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195313901
eISBN:
9780199871933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Neoplatonism, under Plotinus, Proclus, Porphyry, and Iamblicus, developed and modified ideas about preexistence. Church Fathers were divided on the question of preexistence, but many were its ... More


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


Epilogue: Julian and the Rejection of Sacrifice

Daniel Ullucci

in The Christian Rejection of Animal Sacrifice

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199791705
eISBN:
9780199932436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791705.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

In the fourth century, the Roman Emperor Julian attempted to undo all the religious change wrought by the Christians. Julian was the first emperor after Constantine not to institute pro-Christian ... More


Iamblichus on Divine Divination and Human Intuition

Peter T. Struck

in Divination and Human Nature: A Cognitive History of Intuition in Classical Antiquity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691169392
eISBN:
9781400881116
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691169392.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This chapter examines the thoughts of Neoplatonist Iamblichus on divination. Neoplatonists take the discussions of the master as an invitation to understand a newly reconfigured idea of divination as ... More


The Magic of Being Mormon

Stephen H. Webb

in Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn From the Latter-day Saints

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199316816
eISBN:
9780199369249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199316816.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

What is the relationship between Mormonism and magic? And what is magic anyway? This chapter explores Mormonism’s relationship to Neo-Platonism and the hermetic tradition.


The Late Antique Preservation of Neopythagoreanism

David Albertson

in Mathematical Theologies: Nicholas of Cusa and the Legacy of Thierry of Chartres

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199989737
eISBN:
9780199384914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989737.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter traces the three major Neoplatonist discourses that were inherited by medieval Latin Christianity, those of Augustine, Proclus, and Boethius. Each interacted in complex ways with the ... 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


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