Chapter 1 Faith and Godliness Footnotes 75-97

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The Trinitarian Faith

“The work of Irenaeus in this respect clearly reflects the general activity of the church in the second and third centuries in its attempt to clarify the doctrinal substance of the faith in the light of its own objectively grounded order, in the course of which there emerged explicit formulations of belief which were eventually to take the form of the early creeds. From the way in which Irenaeus himself handled these incipient credal formulae, it seems clear they were not doctrinal propositions connected together through a logico-deductive system of thought, but assertions of belief that are organised from beyond themselves by their common ground in the apostolic deposit of faith and ultimately by the self revelation of God in Jesus Christ, the one incarnate truth of God from which all evangelical truths flow.”

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75. Irenaeus Adv. haer., 1.1.14, vol 1, p. 67 (1.7.5); cf 1.1.20 p. 87ff (1.9.4-5); 1.3, pp. 93f (1.10.2); Turtullian De virg. vel., 1

76. Irenaeus Adv. haer., 1.19f, vol. 1,  pp.80-90 (1.9.1 – 1.10.1); 2.37-43, pp.342-358  (2.25.1 – 2.28.9);  3.12.11, vol 2, p.65; (3.12.9); 3.38, pp. 131f ((3.24.1-2);  Dem., 1-6

77. Irenaeus Adv. haer., 1.2 vol 1, 90f (1.10.1); 3.1f, vol. 2 pp. 2ff (3.1.1), 25ff (3.6.5); 4.1 146ff (4.1.1-2) 4.53.1 pp. 261f (4.33.7); 5.20.1 pp. 377f (5.20.1); Dem., 6

78. Irenaeus Adv haer., 2.41, p. 349 (2.28.2).  The same point was made by Clement of Alexandria, when he spoke of ‘cleaving to the truth by taking the canon of truth from truth itself’. – Strom, 7.16.

79 Irenaeus Adv. hear., 2.15.3f, vol 1 pp.282f (2.8.3); 2.41ff, p. 349 (2.28.2-2.28.9).

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80. Origen De Princ., praef., 1.2, 6  Origen also spoke of Christ as αὐτοαλήθεια = self-subsistent truth or the Truth himself, in Jn 6.6; 1.27; 2.4; and Con Cel 8.12

81. See especially Origen In Jn 1.25-7 with 1.8

82. Origen In Cant. (N/A), Con. Cel., 7.31, 376 (Unknown. Probably typo).

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83. Origen In Jn. 1.7;  In Matt. 10.1;In Deut., 1.21 (N/A); in Jer 18.6; Con Cels., 4.71, etc

84. Origen Con Cel., 1.2, 9f, 13, 24f, 42, 71; 3.23, 39, 42, 86(N/A); 3.23; 4.2; 5.45; 6.27; 7.10; De Princ., 4.3.16 (probable typo. Maybe?? 4.3.15)

85. De Princ., 1.1.1f; 1.3.3; 2.2.2; 2.4.4; 2.5.2; 2.7.2; 2.11.2ff; 3.5.1; 3.12.4 (N/A); 4.2.1ff, 15 (N/A). Origen sometimes distinguished between three meanings cf. 4.3.16??

86, Origen Con Cel., 1.48; 6.23; 7.34; De princ., 1.1.9; 4.4.10; cf LXX Prov. 2.5 (τότε συνήσεις φόβον κυρίου καὶ ἐπίγνωσιν θεοῦ εὑρήσεις.)

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87. Origen in John., 1.8-10; 2.6; De Princ., 3.6.8 (N/A); 4.2.6; 4.3.13.

88. Cf. Origen In Matt., 10.14, where he committed himself to the expression ‘beyond history.’ See also In Jn., 10.4, 18, 22; 20.3, 10 etc.

89. Origen De princ., 4.3.15

90. Origen Con Cel., 1.2; 8.32

91. Origen In John 13.24; 32.25-29

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92. Cf Origen In Luc., 14.28 (N/A)

93.  This was strongly emphasised by Origen in Con. Cel., 3.8, 34, 60, 78; 5.33; 7.40, 49; 8.13, 75

94. Origen De Princ., 1.5.4

95. Origen In Jn., 1.3

96. Origen De Princ., 4.1.1f; 4.2.2

97. Origen Ep. ad Greg., 3; Ep ad Afr., 2-5

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