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KMT 2016 nr 6 Download PDF

Methodius of Olympus and his concept of free will

Cite: , Metody z Olimpu i jego koncepcja wolnej woli, "Kultura - Media - Teologia", 2016( 27) nr 6, s. 58-74.

Methodius of Olympus’ (+311) discourse “On Free Will” (De autexusio), is the first work in Christian literature, with such a title. In an attempt to answer the question on the origins of evil, the author acknowledges it as the practice action of man, the doer. The aim of this study is an analysis of the Methodian concept of free will, an indication of its source, and an outline of its historical-theological context. The person of the bishop of Olympus himself, barely known in Polish theological literature, is presented, and certain of his theological and philosophical insights, current to this day, are emphasised.

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