Universal Salvation in Late Antiquity: Porphyry of Tyre and the Pagan-Christian Debate (Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity)

Universal Salvation in Late Antiquity: Porphyry of Tyre and the Pagan-Christian Debate (Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity)


This research deals an in-depth exam of Porphyrian soteriology, or the concept that of the salvation of the soul, within the considered Porphyry of Tyre, whose importance for past due old idea is massive. Porphyry's suggestion of salvation is necessary for an realizing of these cataclysmic forces, now not continuously theological, that helped convert the Roman Empire from paganism to Christianity. Porphyry, a disciple of Plotinus, used to be the final and maximum anti-Christian author to vehemently assault the Church earlier than the Constantinian revolution. His contribution to the pagan-Christian debate on universalism can therefore make clear the failure of paganism and the triumph of Christianity in overdue antiquity. In a broader ancient and cultural context this learn will tackle a number of the matters imperative to the controversy on universalism, during which Porphyry used to be passionately concerned and which was once turning into more and more major throughout the extraordinary sequence of monetary, cultural, political, and army crises of the 3rd century. because the writer will argue, Porphyry can have didn't locate a method of salvation for all humanity, he still arrived a hierarchical soteriology, anything average for a Neoplatonist, which led to an integrative spiritual and philosophical method. His method is tested within the context of alternative constructing ideologies of universalism, in the course of a interval of extraordinary imperial crises, which have been utilized by the emperors as an agent of political and spiritual unification. Christianity ultimately triumphed over its opponents due to its being looked as if it would be the one common salvation cult that was once in a position to bringing approximately this unification. in brief, it gained because of its distinct universalist soteriology. by means of studying a rival to Christianity's proposal of common salvation, this publication should be priceless to scholars and students of historic philosophy, patristics, church background, and overdue antiquity.

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