n Journal of Early Christian History - The Vision of Didymus the Blind: a Fourth-Century Virtue-Origenism, Grant D. Bayliss - book review

Volume 8 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2222-582X
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The chief virtue of Grant Bayliss’ The Vision of Didymus the Blind is its assertion that the church father Didymus was an Origenist, not a whitewasher of Origen, and that he was in some respects even bolder than Origen. Whereas the Cappadocians were enthusiastic for Origen, Didymus was his true follower, an Origenist in the sense that Porphyry and Iamblichus were Plotinians. Nothing less could be expected of the author of a commentary on Origen’s First Principles. What The Vision of Didymus the Blind tends to do, speaking only in terms of Didymus’ contemporaries, is to take the exegete away from the correct Athanasius and into the camp of the ascetic and open-minded Anthony.

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