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Origen was born in Alexandria around 185AD and died around 254AD.
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'''Origen of Alexandria''' was a Christian of the early third century who was the first Christian theologian to formulate a systematic system of Christian theological thinking. He lived in a turbulent period for the Christian Church, a period of Roman persecutions and loose doctrinal consensus. He was a [[priest]], [[ordination|ordained]] under controversial conditions. His writings were extensive, much of which is not extant. In later centuries some extreme views by followers were attributed to him and his name was brought under suspicion. He was anathematized by the [[Second Council of Constantinople]] in 553 and declared an [[heretic]].
  
He was "not quite seventeen" when an anti-Christian persecution began in Alexandria, and is was during this persecution that his father was martyred. This same persecution led to him being appointed head (didaskalos) of the Cathetical School in Alexandria by Bishop Demetrius.
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==Life==
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Origen’s full name was '''Origenes Adamantius'''. His dates of birth and death are not known exactly. He was born about 185, most probably in Alexandria. He was born into a Christian family. He is believed to have been educated by his father, Leonides. He used this education to revive and teach, as didaskalos, at the ‘’catechetical school in Alexandria’’ in 203, under the jurisdiction of [[Demetrius]], the [[bishop]] of Alexandria. This was after his father died a [[martyr]] in 202 in the persecutions under Septimius Severus. Origen was then seventeen and apparently succeeded [[Clement of Alexandria]] who had been driven out of Alexandria by the persecutions.  
  
In 230AD he was ordained in Palestine without the authority of Demetrius who subsequently expelled him from Alexandria.
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In 230, he was ordained a priest in Palestine without the authority of Demetrius who subsequently expelled him from Alexandria.
  
Parts of his teaching were [http://www.comparativereligion.com/anathemas.html anathematised] at the [[Fifth Ecumenical Council]] in 553AD.
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He died a martyr’s death in the persecutions of 250, probably in 254, and most probably in Caesarea.
  
External links
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==Works==
  
[http://www.copticchurch.net/topics/patrology/schoolofalex2/ A Coptic view]
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==External links==
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*A Coptic view [http://www.copticchurch.net/topics/patrology/schoolofalex2/]
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*Origen: Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origen]
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*Origen of Alexandria  [http://www.utm.edu/research/iep/o/origen.htm]
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[[Category: Priests]]
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[[Category: Heretics]]

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Origen of Alexandria was a Christian of the early third century who was the first Christian theologian to formulate a systematic system of Christian theological thinking. He lived in a turbulent period for the Christian Church, a period of Roman persecutions and loose doctrinal consensus. He was a priest, ordained under controversial conditions. His writings were extensive, much of which is not extant. In later centuries some extreme views by followers were attributed to him and his name was brought under suspicion. He was anathematized by the Second Council of Constantinople in 553 and declared an heretic.

Life

Origen’s full name was Origenes Adamantius. His dates of birth and death are not known exactly. He was born about 185, most probably in Alexandria. He was born into a Christian family. He is believed to have been educated by his father, Leonides. He used this education to revive and teach, as didaskalos, at the ‘’catechetical school in Alexandria’’ in 203, under the jurisdiction of Demetrius, the bishop of Alexandria. This was after his father died a martyr in 202 in the persecutions under Septimius Severus. Origen was then seventeen and apparently succeeded Clement of Alexandria who had been driven out of Alexandria by the persecutions.

In 230, he was ordained a priest in Palestine without the authority of Demetrius who subsequently expelled him from Alexandria.

He died a martyr’s death in the persecutions of 250, probably in 254, and most probably in Caesarea.

Works

External links

  • A Coptic view [1]
  • Origen: Wikipedia [2]
  • Origen of Alexandria [3]
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