Origen as a Theologian of the Will

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A. van de Beek

Abstract

It seems odd to offer an article on Origen to a truly Reformed theologian such as I. John Hesselink. With its nee-Platonic speculations, allegories, and insubstantialities, the theology of Origen would seem to lead one far away from the Reformed emphasis on the practical clarity of Scripture. In this article I shall argue that there is much greater similarity between Origen and Calvin than at first seems likely, both in terms of motivation and structure. At key moments though, Origen makes different choices than Calvin and his followers.

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Origen; Theology -- History -- Early church, ca. 30-600; God -- Will; Free will and determinism; Reconciliation -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
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