Impact Of The Patristic Era During The Early Christian Movement

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The Patristic Era was a time of great growth in the early Christian movement. Experiencing period waves of persecution, the early Christians were not deterred from spreading the good news of the gospel message. Patristic theologians such as Origen of Alexandria would leave a lasting impact on the church as it continued to develop theological dogmas and methods of the interpretation of Scripture. The method of Scriptural interpretation introduced by Origen addressed the questions and heresies of his time, resulting in an impact not just in his present cultural context, but the future methods of critical thinking as well.
The conquests of Alexander the Great opened Asia Minor and parts of Northern Africa to the influence of Greek culture and philosophy. Though Hellenistic thought was prominent throughout a vast part of the ancient world, the city of Alexandria proved to be particularly influential in the development of Western-Eastern Christian theology and biblical interpretation. Housing a library, the city of Alexandria provided centers for study in philosophy, literary criticism, and allegory. It would be in this contextual setting that Origen of Alexandria would eventually become one of the most influential Patristic theologians of Christian history. Immersed in the Greek schools of thought, Origen supposedly sold all the books he considered to be profane, in order to shift into the realm of Christian theology. Throughout his life Origen debated and argued against the…

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