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Sister Merkle Historical Presentation Intro to Christianity ORIGEN - born c185 - was one of the most learned and most original Christian teachers of our time - he served as a teacher of the Catechumens in the church in Alexandria - he was the most prolific writer of the pre-Nicene church - providing much - he dictated around 2000 works - Origen produced doctrinal and apologetic works as well as commentaries on most of the books in the Bible - he traveled a lot allowing him to become well known among the Christian leaders of the world - his writings reflect brilliant spiritual insights however some show unsound theological speculations - it is believed that Origen was excommunicated from the church as a heretic - a person who holds a belief that is different from that of the church - but evidence does not support that claim - what is known was that he was expelled from Alexandria by his Bishop Demetrius - not because of his teaching of heresy but because the bishop was jealous of Origens effect on others - Origen was therefore only a layman but was the most celebrated Christian teacher of his time and better known then Demetrius his Bishop - the high point of Demetrius jealousy came when Origen was ordained as a presbyter by the Bishop of Caesarea during his travels -an elder in the early Christian Church - this caused Origen to be unable to serve in the Church of Alexandria - the remainder of his life was spent as a presbyter at Caesarea which is located in Palestine - there he taught preached and defended the church against heretics and Pagan accusers - he was very well known for his scholarly achievements - it was said that either friend or enemy could escape Origens influence - no other
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