• "A Vessel Divinely Molded": Basil of Caesarea on the Human Body

    Author(s):
    Adam Rasmussen (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Classical Tradition, Late Antiquity, Origen, Theology
    Subject(s):
    Ancient philosophy, Classics, Early Christianity, Late Antiquity, Theology
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    Annual Meeting of the North American Patristics Society
    Conf. Org.:
    Annual Meeting of the North American Patristics Society
    Conf. Loc.:
    Chicago
    Conf. Date:
    May 24-26, 2017
    Tag(s):
    Basil of Caesarea, Origen, Science and Religion
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/M6Q571
    Abstract:
    This paper has two parts. First, I examine Basil of Caesarea’s theological anthropology and show how he understands the human being as a body-soul unity. The body is the good instrument of the soul. It is marvelous because it has been molded by God’s own hands. In the second part, I examine what I call Basil’s theological physiology, which flows naturally from his anthropology. Because the human body is good and great, he recommends the scientific study of its structures. In his sermons, he uses his knowledge of physiology and medicine to make illustrations and to support Christian practices such as fasting. All in all, he brings various sources of knowledge together to offer his congregation an edifying and informed theological interpretation of the human body.
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    Last Updated:
    4 years ago
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