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Bibil Identifier bibil:249980
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Theological Speculation in Irenaeus: Perils and Possibilities
Author Briggman, Anthony
Journal Vigiliae Christianae (Volume: 71, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2017
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2017
Year (Copyright) 2017
Year (Reference) 2017
Language English
Pages 175-198 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract For over seventy years scholars have accepted the reading advanced by T.-A. Audet, R.M. Grant, and W.R. Schoedel that Irenaeus of Lyons was strictly opposed to causal speculation. This article challenges their reading and offers one of its own. I contend that Irenaeus argues for a differentiated knowledge of terrestrial and celestial matters, such that some things are known while others are not. This differentiation of knowledge encompasses questions of causation. Irenaeus, I argue, was not just concerned about the perils of theological speculation but also its possibilities.
DOI 10.1163/15700720-12341293
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Irenaeus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Knowledge
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