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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Jun 1 Chapters 10-12 questions

Jun 1 Chapters 10-12 questions
Don Enss

Chapter 10. Christ is come: Plato and Christianity

11.     What was the real secret to Christianity’s success in the late Roman and Greek world?
22.     What does Herman consider the key factor to explain Christianity’s amazing spread?
33.    A man “should take each moment and hold it tenderly in his hands,” Origen later wrote, in order “to  examine what other possible meaning it may hold, what other purpose or end.” What was that  defining moment for Origen?
4.4.   What did Origen do “in order to free himself from his libidinal energies?”

Chapter 11. Toward the Heavenly City

11.      “Eusebius, however, felt no compunction in explaining how everything that had happened in the  Christian Church since the Crucifixion – all the apostolic labors, all the sudden conversions, all the  persecutions and martyrdoms – had led inexorably to this miraculous event.” What was this event?
22.     What did Lactantius’s professor, Arnobius, predict about wars?
33.     What was the major step of the Council of Nicaea?
44.     What will be the catchphrase of the early Middle Ages that will have a “sweeping impact on      Western culture for the next thousand years and beyond?”

Chapter 12. Inquiring Minds: Aristotle Strikes Back

11.      In Boethius’s dream, who was the woman who came to stand beside and comfort him in prison?
22.      According to Herman, “Boethius is the first Christian thinker to realize,” what?
33.     “Above all, Boethius treated Plato and Aristotle as the essential anchors of a civilized education. It’s  a point of view that linked Boethius not only to the Middle Ages, which read his works with  passionate devotion, but indirectly to every college and university today that still teaches what his  world, and ours, call,” what?

44.      Aristotle said, “All men desire to know.” Peter Abelard added what to that statement?


  1. Great questions, Don. I've read everything twice, as well as scoured the pages for Dr. Olivers inquiries, yet I'm at a loss for many of the answers to your questions. Third time's a charm?

  2. DQ
    1. Was Origen the first to make the connection between sexuality and and being "unclean"?
    2. Was Arnobius right to any extent about the nature of war? Has what we war over changed since his time?
    3. Both Constantine and Boethius have dreams that either foretell future events or show some important realization. I this a common belief of their time? Who else shares their beliefs?

  3. I'm so glad you brought up the "unclean" connection, Devon. Herman notes on page 156 that "Origen was the first Christian thinker to make the conscience, Socrates's "daimon," or inner voice the focus of moral life." When I read this passage, the first thing that came to my mind was thought crime. If this is so, then that inner voice in the hands of an angry, jealous god is a double-edged sword--pun intended. These last three chapters are more like a sprint than a stroll.