Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Methodius of Olympus: Divine Sovereignty, Human Freedom, and Life in Christ

Methodius, a Lycian Christian writer of the latter part of the third and early years of the fourth century, a Christian apologist, a teacher of ascetics, and a premier critic of Origen, remains a strangely obscure figure. His principal works, now reassembled in something like a coherent whole, comprise the largest body of Greek Christian remains to survive from his time, other than those of Eusebius of Caesarea whose disinclination to celebrate a critic of Origen contributed, in some part, to leaving Methodius in obscurity.

The writings are those of a distinct personality, with some skill as a literary stylist, who had a considerable knowledge of contemporary philosophy, a fascination with medical learning, and an extensive familiarity with earlier Christian writings, including at least a portion of Origen's voluminous work.

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