Origen and the Origin
Imagine a Christian teacher, renowned for his teaching and brilliance, who taught that souls preexisted before early life, that reincarnation was a fact, that at the end of time all things would be restored to God, including, it would seem, the figure of the Satan himself. A person who spoke of various levels of existence, both visible and invisible. Someone who wrote passionately that following the bare letter of holy texts was a mistake and that the entire story of God planting a garden in Eden was "silly."
We're not talking about a teacher whose newest book is being written. Instead, we're talking about Origen, disciple of Clement of Alexandria, who lived from 183-253 A.D.
Â© 2003 Brian Robertson