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By Dylan M. Burns

In the second one century, Platonist and Judeo-Christian proposal have been sufficiently pleasant Greek thinker may claim, "What is Plato yet Moses conversing Greek?" 400 years later, a Christian emperor had ended the general public educating of subversive Platonic suggestion. while and the way did this philosophical rupture ensue? Dylan M. Burns argues that the basic holiday happened in Rome, ca. 263, within the circle of the good mystic Plotinus, writer of the Enneads. teams of debatable Christian metaphysicians referred to as Gnostics ("knowers") frequented his seminars, disputed his perspectives, after which disappeared from the historical past of philosophy—until the 1945 discovery, at Nag Hammadi, Egypt, of codices containing Gnostic literature, together with models of the books circulated through Plotinus’s Christian rivals. mixing state of the art Greek metaphysics and ecstatic Jewish mysticism, those texts describe strategies for coming into celestial nation-states, engaging within the angelic liturgy, confronting the transcendent God, or even changing into a divine being oneself. additionally they describe the revelation of an alien God to his decide on, a race of "foreigners" lower than the security of the patriarch Seth, whose interventions will finally culminate after all of the world.

Apocalypse of the Alien God proposes an intensive interpretation of those long-lost apocalypses, putting them firmly within the context of Judeo-Christian authorship instead of ascribing them to a pagan offshoot of Gnosticism. in accordance with Burns, this Sethian literature emerged alongside the fault strains among Judaism and Christianity, drew on traditions recognized to students from the useless Sea Scrolls and Enochic texts, and eventually catalyzed the contention of Platonism with Christianity. Plunging the reader into the tradition wars and school rooms of the excessive Empire, Apocalypse of the Alien God deals the main concrete social and ancient description to be had of any workforce of Gnostic Christians because it explores the intersections of historical Judaism, Christianity, Hellenism, delusion, and philosophy.

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GOD-HIS WORKS III. THE TRINITY IV. GOD THE FATHER V. GOD THE SON VI. GOD THE HOLY GHOST Page 20 THE DOCTRINE OF GOD Outline by Chapters I. NAMES Elohim, Jehovah, etc. 3. PROOFS OF HIS EXISTENCE a. Cause and Effect b. Testimony of Nature c. Universal Belief d. Man's Idea of the Infinite e. Bible Evidences f. Personal Experiences 4. HIS ATTRIBUTES a. Eternity b. Immutability c. Omnipotence d. Omnipresence e. Omniscience f. Righteousness g. Faithfulness h. Incomprehensibility i. Simplicity j. Goodness k.

1:14-19. Marine life and fowls. And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying. Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

9:15); God of hosts (Psa. 80:7); God of heaven (Ezra 5:11); Holy One (Job 6:10); Holy One of Israel (Isa. 1:4); the living God (Deut. 5:26); I AM (Ex. 3:14); King of kings (I Tim. 6:15); Lord of lords (Rev. 17:14); the most High (Num. 24:16); Lord of Sabaoth (Rom. 9:29); Father of lights (Jas. 1:17). A study of these names, and of Page 25 the other names by which the Deity is known in Scripture, will alone give us an illuminating idea of the greatness and blessedness of God. Proofs Of his Existence To one whose mind is open to receive the truth, and who gives the matter serious thought, the proofs of the existence of a God are many.

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