Angelomorphic Pneumatology : Clement of Alexandria and Other by Bogdan Gabriel Bucur

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First, ethics; second physics, which is a matter of theōria whether or not one accepts the reading “natural contemplation” (θεωρίαν ἐν τοῖς φυσικοῖς);71 third, according to Strom. 15, epoptics: “the gnosis according to the epoptic contemplation” (τῆς κατὰ τὴν ἐποπτικὴν θεωρίαν γνώσεως). As Descourtieux notes, for Clement “the study of nature, θεωρία φυσική, is a preamble to theology, which itself contains the study of creation (cf. Strom. 4). This reflection, announced several times (cf. Strom.

14 chapter one [t]he Gnostic teacher follows the Logos in thoughtfully arranging the order of the curriculum, knowing that certain things must be learned before others, just as in secular education the ἐγκύκλια need to be mastered before the student is ready for rhetoric and philosophy. The Logos has provided a model for this . 45 The unity and coherence of the curriculum is given by the fact that it is the same Logos who exhorts, trains, and teaches. The variety of levels, on the other hand, is a natural result of the different levels occupied by the addressees of the Logos.

5 Hauschild, Gottes Geist, 11–85; Henning Ziebritzki, Heiliger Geist und Weltseele: das Problem der dritten Hypostase bei Origenes, Plotin und ihren Vorläufern (BHT 84; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1994), 93–129; Osborn, Clement of Alexandria (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), 149–53. For the anthropological relevance of πνεῦμα, see Gérard Verbeke, L’évolution de la doctrine du pneuma, du stoïcisme à s. Augustin: étude philosophique (Bibliothèque de l’Institut supérieur de philosophie, Université de Louvain; Paris: Desclée de Brouwer/Louvain: Institut supérieur de philosophie, 1945), 429–40.

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