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“Socrates on Origen - original Greek Text with English translation”
Historia Ecclesiastica, 6. 13. Socrates defends Origen against criticism. Linked with Origenist controversy.
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Socrates of Constantinople: Historian of Church and State
But since carping detractors have
imposed upon many persons and have succeeded in deterring them from reading Origen, as though he were a blasphemous writer, I deem it not unseasonable
to make a few observations respecting him. Worthless characters, and such as
are destitute of ability to attain eminence themselves, often seek to get
into notice by decrying those who excel them. And first Methodius, bishop of
a city in Lycia named Olympus, labored under this malady; next Eustathius,
who for a short time presided over the church at Antioch; after him
Apollinaris; and lastly Theophilus. This quaternion of revilers has traduced
Origen, but not on the same grounds, one having found one cause of
accusation against him, and another another; and thus each has demonstrated
that what he has taken no objection to, he has fully accepted. For since one
has attacked one opinion in particular, and another has found fault with
another, it is evident that each has admitted as true what he has not
assailed, giving a tacit approbation to what he has not attacked. Methodius
indeed, when he had in various places railed against Origen, afterwards as
if retracting all he had previously said, expresses his admiration of the
man, in a dialogue which he entitled Xenon. But I affirm that from
the censure of these men, greater commendation accrues to Origen. For those
who have sought out whatever they deemed worthy of reprobation in him, and
yet have never charged him with holding unsound views respecting the holy
Trinity, are in this way most distinctly shown to bear witness to his
orthodox piety: and by not reproaching him on this point, they commend him
by their own testimony. But Athanasius the defender of the doctrine of
consubstantiality, in his Discourses against the Arians continually
cites this author as a witness of his own faith, interweaving his words with
his own, and saying, ‘The most admirable and assiduous Origen,’ says he, ‘by
his own testimony confirms our doctrine concerning the Son of God, affirming
him to be co-eternal with the Father.’ Those therefore who load Origen with
opprobrium, overlook the fact that their maledictions fall at the same time
on Athanasius, the eulogist of Origen. So much will be enough for the
vindication of Origen; we shall now return to the course of our history.
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