“Whatever knowledge we are able to obtain about God, whether by perception or reflection, we must of necessity believe that He is by many degrees far better than what we perceive Him to be.” Origen (185-254 A.D.)

Origen was a Christian philosopher and often considered the first systematic theologian. He was raised and educated in a Christian family. When Origen was very young, his father (Leonidas of Alexandria) was martyred during the persecution under the Roman Emperor Severus. The story goes that Origen wanted to go with his father to be martyred, but his mother prevented him by hiding his clothes so he wouldn’t leave the house.

The above quote is telling. In spite of his great many studies, Origen understood that our conceptions of God ultimately fall short of the reality. That is not to say that we can’t know anything about God, but only that we humbly understand that God is so much more than we are able to comprehend.

Imaginative portrayal of Origen from “Les Vrais Portraits Et Vies Des Hommes Illustres” by André Thévet

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