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Lecture 5 - created something imperfect-next came Plato’s...

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Beginning of Exam 2 Classical Culture Apologists 150-Church fathers: (page in course reader—‘the arguments of the apologists’) -Justin Martyr -Irenaeus -Tertullian -Clement of Alexandria Celsus—doctor/philosopher; brought to Rome to take care of gladiators and be doctor to the emperor Galen ‘Helenistic Egg’=sun, earth, moon, 7 ‘stars’; anything outside=’god’ because at this point they had made god an abstraction -After Alexander conquered the east, he brought back all of these greek ideas -Plato said God was pure essence and pure good and not subject to any physical laws (decay, death) -Demi-urge=half power; idea invented by Plato; force within the circle; actually created physical universe (everything in the circle) rather than God because God wouldn’t have
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Unformatted text preview: created something imperfect-next came Plato’s idea that we don’t have god create or make everything, but want stuff that comes from god, so idea of ‘emanation’ was born; means that god can produce things such as how trees know how to grow up and water knows to flow down =Logos=reason—keeps god as source and reason but physically god doesn’t get his hands dirty The force/power/emanation/logos became Jesus (put on a body suit and came to earth)-Celcus didn’t believe in Jesus, especially the resurrection part He noted that Christians only targeted the poor, the slaves, and the women, because the wealthy people would not have ‘bought into’ it-Ex Nihilo=something out of nothing; thought as absurdity...
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