From the days of antiquity to the time of the Middle Ages, intellectuals have widely assumed that stars were alive, a belief that gave the cosmos an important position not only in Greek religion, but also in discussions of human psychology and eschatology. In the third century AD, the Christian theologian Origen included such Hellenistic theories on the life and nature of the stars in his cosmology, a theory that would have important implications for early Christian theology. Moving through a wide range of Greek, Latin, and Oriental sources from antiquity to medieval times, this is the first thorough treatment of Origen's biblical theology. The second book in the new Oxford Early Christian Studies series, Origen and the Life of the Stars provides a new look at the roots of early Christian thought.
`a welcome addition to a meagre literature on the relationship between theology and science in the early centuries of the Christian era ... This is a very good study ... It is clearly and elegantly written and presented'
'Scott provides us a distinctive perspective on Christian attitudes to the natural world and awareness of the natural sciences. Scott shows a solid grasp of classical and Patristic sources and secondary literature.'
Joseph W. Trigg, Journal of Early Christian Studies, 1:2, June 1993
'a most useful piece of work ... Scott's exposition of Origen's doctrine is generally ezxcellent. He has also much that is useful to say on Origen's views on the resurrection body.'
John Dillon, Trinity College, Dublin
'This is a very good study ... It is clearly and elegantly written and presented.'
Barry Brundell, Metascience, Issue 3, '93