Origen and Greek Patristic Theology by William Fairweather

William Fairweather [1856-1942], Origen and Greek Patristic TheologyWilliam Fairweather’s work on Origen provides a general introduction to the great Alexandrian theologian, his theology and his legacy. My thanks to Book Aid for providing a copy of this book for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

William Fairweather [1856-1942], Origen and Greek Patristic Theology. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1901. Hbk. pp.268. [Click to visit the download page for this title]

Contents

  • Prefactory Note

  1. Precursors of Origen
  2. Life and Character of Origen
  3. Origen’s View of Holy Scriptures
  4. Religious Philosophy of Origen
  5. The Writings of Origen
  6. Origen’s Theology: God and His Self-Manifestation
  7. Origen’s Theology: Creation and Fall
  8. Origen’s Theology: Redemption and Restoration
  9. Successors of Origen
  10. Historical Services, General Characteristics, and Distinctive Doctrinal Conplexion of the Greek Theology
  11. Reaction Against Origen
  12. Subsequent History of Origenism

Chapter 1: Precursors of Origen

Christianity had introduced a new idea of God, which superseded not only the deities of classical mythology, but also the Hebraic Deism which regarded God merely as the God of the Jews, and as virtually separate from the world. The Greek patristic theology was the result of the application of the specific methods of Greek philosophy to the new material supplied by the Christian history, with the view of constructing a reasoned theory of God and the universe. As such it was ” the last characteristic creation of the Greek genius.” In the New Testament God is represented from a religious point of view; but for the Greek mind, which conceived God metaphysically as abstract Being, a scientific theology was indispensable. The facts of Christianity had to be so interpreted as to yield a conception of God which would at once conserve His unity, and yet admit of His organic connection with man as Lord and Saviour….