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Ep. 19—Origen: The Most Controversial Christian Ever?

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Jul 08, 2020 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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Origen of Alexandria was one of the most important figures in Christian antiquity—most brilliant and most productive—yet also one of the most complicated. He was widely influential and widely despised. He was praised for his accomplishments and blamed for disasters. He wrote thousands of books and invented several academic disciplines, including scientific biblical studies, fundamental theology, and spiritual theology. Toward the end of life he endured tortures rather than deny the faith; and he died a hero’s death. This is the first of two episodes on his life and work.


Gregory of Pontus, The Oration and Panegyric Addressed to Origen

Eusebius of Caesarea, Church History: Book VI

A Letter from Origen to Africanus

Origen, On Prayer

Catholic Culture Audiobooks reading of Origen homily on Genesis:

More works by the Fathers

Mike Aquilina’s website

Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of Corpus Christi Watershed

Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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