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R.A. Baker
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Chapter 1  Introduction
Chapter 2  The Origins of Christian theoria
Chapter 3  Technical Aspects of theoria
Chapter 4  Theoria: Final Stage in the Spiritual Pathway
Chapter 5  The Practical Aspects of theoria
Chapter 6  Conclusion
Addendum  Appendices, Bibliography

(You can now download the PDF of my Ph.D. Thesis, University of St Andrews - March 2001)

I will present various sections of my research in summary form with very few citations. PDF files of each chapter can be downloaded above - these represent the "official" work with page numbers and footnotes - these should be used if you plan to cite this work.


Clement of Alexandria
Chapter 3 - Introduction


The survey of theoria helps us to understand the development of the word up until the time of Clement. We acknowledged that Clement's use of the word represents a further development from an intellectual "seeing" to something different, a spiritual "seeing," or contemplation. In this chapter we want to look at several categories which occur in Clement's use of theoria: apophaticism, or the via negativa, apatheia (the absence of all passions), musterion (the concept of mystery), epopteia (the mystic vision of the soul), and a few categories which are associated with the ascent of the gnostic soul into the heavenly realms.

Because the scholarly focus is usually on Clement's theology or philosophy, these categories tend to be examined in that context. There has been very little discussion on how these categories relate to Clement's concept of theoria. We will examine each category first by offering a general discussion of the word/concept, then by looking at its frequency and use with our key term. We will look closely at the most crucial texts where both words/concepts occur; using this method we should be able to detect how important each category is in Clement's overall scheme of theoria.

It must be remembered that some of these categories are represented in Stromateis with very little data. In these instances caution must be used in the discussion in order not to give undue attention or importance to a category which Clement himself has not sufficiently addressed.

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Clement of Alexandria and Christian Spirituality

Chapter 2
Origins of Christian Theoria
- introduction
- what is spirituality?
- studies on clement
- oral tradition
- oral tradition II
- minority tradition
- hidden - Stromateis
- theoria and oral tradition
- conclusions

Chapter 3
Technical Aspects of Theoria
- introduction
- apophatic theoria
- apatheia and theoria
- concept of mystery
more sections coming...
- the threefold pathway
- theoria - spirituality
- stromateis book VII
- practical spirituality
- silence, silent prayer
- egyptian christianity
- clement's theoria
- clement's influence

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Clement of Alexandria Theology
Clement of Alexandria and Heresy
Clement of Alexandria and The Trinity
Clement of Alexandria and Contemplation
Clement of Alexandria and Prayer
Clement of Alexandria and Prayer
Clement of Alexandria Stromateis
3rd Century Fathers - Christianity
Clement of Alexandria
Origen of Alexandria
Clement of Alexandria and Stromateis
Stromata, Miscellanies or Stromateis
Clement of Alexandria and The Instructor
Cyprian - Lapsed Christians
Third Century Christian History
The Trinity in the 3rd Century
Paidagogus - Stromateis - Miscellanies
Origen - De Principii - Principles
Paul of Samosata - Trinity
New Testament Canon, Canonized
Questions regarding Christian Issues
Third Century Christian Issues
Diocletian Persecution of Christians
Diocletian Persecutes Early Church
Novatian Baptism - Cyprian of Carthage
Early Christianity New Testament
Early Christianity Constantine and War
Important Issues in Early Christianity