Origen of Alexandria

quotes from Origen:→

Origen of Alexandria (184-253), also known as Origen Adamantius, sought martyrdom with his father at a young age but was prevented from turning himself in to the authorities by his mother. When he was eighteen years old, Origen became a catechist at the Catechetical School of Alexandria. Eusebius claims that Origen studied under Clement of Alexandria. Eusebius also claims that, as a young man, Origen had himself castrated based on a literal reading of Matthew 19:12, in which Jesus says “there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuch for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.”  Origen’s treatise De Principiis’ (On First Principles) systematically laid out the principles of Christian theology and became the foundation for later theological writings.  He was tortured for his faith during the persecution of Roman Emperor Decian in 250 and died three to four years later from his injuries.

Extant Writings:

  • De Principiis'(On First Principles)
  • Origen to Africanus
  • Origen to Gregory
  • Against Celsus
  • Letter of Origen to Gregory
  • Commentary on the Gospel of John
  • Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew

Quotes & Excerpts:

“For who that has understanding will suppose that the first, and second, and third day, and the evening and the morning, existed without a sun, and moon, and stars? And that the first day was also without a sky? And who is so foolish as to suppose that God, after the manner of a husbandman, planted a paradise in Eden, towards the east, and placed in it a tree of life, visible and palpable, so that one tasting of the fruit by the bodily teeth obtained life? And again, that one was a partaker of good and evil by eating the fruit? And if God is said to walk in the paradise in the evening, and Adam to hide himself under a tree, I do not suppose that anyone doubts that these things figuratively indicate certain mysteries, the history having taken place in appearance, and now literally” – (Fundamental Doctrines 4:16 (c. A.D. 225)]

The text said that “there was evening and there was morning” it did not say
“the first day,” but said “one day.” It is because before the world existed there was not yet time. But time begins to exist
with the following days (Homilies on Genesis I (c. A.D. 242).