Monday, May 11, 2009

Luther on Origen

An interesting quote by Luther on Origen (as quoted in the essay by Judith Kovacs in the book mentioned below):

In toto Origene non est verbum unum de Christo.

"In all of Origen there is not one word of Christ."

7 comments:

Stephen C. Carlson said...

It's an undercount, but TLG lists 3263 instances of the word Christ in the Greek remnants of Origen's writings. I suppose one can also run a search on the Latin translations.

J. L. Watts said...

I would say that Luther was being less than Literal here, meaning that Origen rather spoke of a false Christ, compared to the Christ of the NT. I would hardly compare Origen's Christ to Luther's.

Josh McManaway said...

You might be on to something here, Stephen.

Hypatia said...

Maybe'....not one of Christ's words.'?

Hypatia said...

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Michael said...

Well, maybe not Luther's Christ but I'm sure Origen's Christ breathes through all his work

Roger Pearse said...

Surely what is meant is that Origen doesn't preach a gospel message of salvation in any of his works?

Whether that is true or not, I can't say, but I could believe that his commentaries and homilies are primarily exegetical.