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1 - Of Scholarship, Piety and Community

Origen’s Purpose(s) in Contra Celsum

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 November 2021

James Carleton Paget
Affiliation:
University of Cambridge
Simon Gathercole
Affiliation:
University of Cambridge
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This essay considers the implied self-portrait of the Christian scholar that Origen offers in his response to Celsus. That self-portrait both shows the Christian scholar to be one whose panoply of skills should be recognized as the equal of the non-Christian scholar, and yet also the Christian scholar claims a place within a community of those – including the martyrs – who can only but seem irrational and quintessentially unscholarly to Celsus.

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Celsus in his World
Philosophy, Polemic and Religion in the Second Century
, pp. 36 - 68
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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