Tempted from Above by Patrick Henry Reardon

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Tempted from Above

by Patrick Henry Reardon

Prominent among the challenges facing early Christian theology was the temptation to trace man's Fall to the corporeal, physical components of his nature—the passions, dispositions, and frailties of the body. Man's biology was widely thought to be the source of his moral problem.

We are correct to trace this widespread "physical" explanation of the Fall to sundry dualistic cosmologies infecting the intellectual culture of the early Christian centuries. For instance, many exponents of Plato, including Origen's contemporary, . . .