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contradiction of the entire purpose of humankind’s being, the material and suffering life still remained motivated by a naturally ascentive soul 43 and, therefore, a spiritually blind humanity had entered into an unnatural condition. 44 For this reason God the Word incarnated to allow the divine light to be

In: Jewish Roots of Eastern Christian Mysticism
Author: Roberto Radice

(in chapter 1), after stating that man was created “in the image and likeness of God” (1.26) and that the male and the female should be fruitful and multiply, having dominion over the other creatures (1.26–28), goes on to say on chapter 2 that man became a living being through the breath of life

In: Fate, Providence and Free Will: Philosophy and Religion in Dialogue in the Early Imperial Age
Author: Enrico Peroli

1 Introduction In the last years of his life, Plotinus wrote a single, long work On Providence , which Porphyry divided in two treatises, number 47 and 48 in the chronological order. As Emile Bréhier already remarked many years ago, in this work – “the finest of all Greek contributions to

In: Fate, Providence and Free Will: Philosophy and Religion in Dialogue in the Early Imperial Age