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ECTGQ11 Name Michael Lepri R.L. Wilken. Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God Chapter 11: Likeness to God Guide Questions 1. What is necessary for any civilization, culture, human learning, for growth in Christian life? Without examples and imitation’s of Christ’s word 2. Which saying of Jesus is particularly apt as a guide? “I have given you an examples, that you also should do as I have done,” (John 13:15) 3. Why is Pontus’ Passion and Life of Cyprian such an important text? Because it was the first composition of the life of a Christian saint 4. What was the purpose of writing works such as Life of Antony, Life of Melania, etc? Because all were accounts of important Christian’s lives that hold up imitation as the path to virtue; when people read this literature, they wanted to “imitate” the lives of the great 5. A pattern of imitation of saints did not have the purpose of beckoning the reader to do good deeds, but rather it had the functioning of . . . Presenting moral instruction in order to form a Christian character 6. According to Palladius what was the aim of Jesus’ teaching? His aim was the formation of character 7. What is the point of the story of Avitos and Marcianos? To show that there was more to life than charming stories or pithy sayings. One must be able to distinguish the different parts of virtue Medical Art for the Soul 8. What is a philosophical life according to Origen? When people practice a life genuinely befitting reasonable creatures and seek to live virtuously, who seek to know first who they are, and to strive for those things that are truly good and to shun those which are truly evil 9. What did the term “philosophy” mean for the ancient Greeks? 1
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The term philosophy for the early Greeks was “life” 10. For Christians, such as Clement of Alexandria, this meant forming the soul in virtue. True or False? True 11. What did the moral life entail aside from changing one’s behavior? It required conversion of the affections as well 12. What one word aptly describes what Christian training in the virtuous life was all about? Practice, Origen “taught us to practice justice and prudence” 13. How was Gregory the Wonderworker finally induced to practice the philosophical life?
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