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dc.contributor.authorDecock, P. B.
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-23T08:01:19Z
dc.date.available2016-06-23T08:01:19Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.citationDecock, P. B. (2013). Discernment in Origen of Alexandria. Acta Theologica, Supplenmentum 17, 33, 189-208.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn1015-8758 (print)
dc.identifier.issn2309-9089 (online)
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.4314/actat.v32i2S.11
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11660/3169
dc.description.abstractOrigen was the first Christian writer to reflect more systematically on the theme of discernment; his views have greatly influenced later spiritual writers. This article aims at situating Origen’s understanding of discernment within his view of creation, of anthropology and of spiritual growth. Discernment is viewed as an operation of the higher part of the soul (nou/j), whereby the soul opens itself to its spirit. As such it is able to accept divine guidance from the Holy Spirit and the Logos in order to assess the movements of the soul and to manage these correctly so that the soul may preserve what is good and continue to strive for better things. As the “intelligence” is created after the image of God, the Logos, its fulfilment lies in a cooperative movement with the Logos towards ever greater likeness with God. Progress in virtue, knowledge and happiness are an ever more intense participation in the Logos who himself is every virtue, all wisdom and love. As a result of this participation, the “intelligence” becomes ever more “like” the Logos and, therefore, becomes ever more capable of understanding and discerningen_ZA
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherFaculty of Theology, University of the Free Stateen_ZA
dc.subjectPatristicsen_ZA
dc.subjectOrigenen_ZA
dc.subjectSpiritualityen_ZA
dc.subjectSelf-knowledgeen_ZA
dc.subjectDiscernment (Christian theology)en_ZA
dc.titleDiscernment in origen of Alexandriaen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's versionen_ZA
dc.rights.holderFaculty of Theology, University of the Free Stateen_ZA


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