I have to admit, Origen makes me a little bit nervous. I realize that much of his thinking was greatly influential in the thinking of other Church Fathers, including some who defended orthodoxy through the period of the Arian heresy. I realize, too, that to the extent that his thinking would now be considered unorthodox, it was not yet contrary to Church teaching at the time when he wrote it. For a good look at what is excellent in Origin, try Hans Urs von Balthasar's Origen: Spirit & Fire. Or read the Holy Father's two General Audience presentations of Origen here and here.
And he does make me thankful that God made me a woman (see below).
The association of some of his ideas with the thinking of Arius, and the ensuing Arian heresy, still make me nervous.
But: Which Church Father Am I? . . .
You do nothing by half-measures. If you’re going to read the Bible, you want to read it in the original languages. If you’re going to teach, you’re going to reach as many souls as possible, through a proliferation of lectures and books. If you’re a guy and you’re going to fight for purity … well, you’d better hide the kitchen shears.
On that new high tech Japanese website, featuring a screen magnifying lens, the mechanism becomes
apparent. Be sure to move your mouse. Then
move your mouse in rapid circle. Then stop quickly. Try making the mouse fly quickly to the top of the screen and then fall just as quickly to the bottom. Note too the
A clever post today on A Penitent Blogger, timely for tonight's crowning of the new American Idol on TV: St. Paul's sermon at the Areopagus imagined as being critiqued by 3 judges whose comments are familiar ("kinda pitchy for me"). And yet it bore fruit. Penitens concludes:
"An important point to remember is what underlies St. Paul's words to
the Athenians: that even the most highly educated and intellectually
gifted people may be, on some deep level, essentially ignorant of the
true content of faith.
"We need to be careful, to develop all the
insight we can, to seek the grace from God we need, and to be unafraid
in speaking the truth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."