Navigating Intellectual and Traditional Crossroads

Plotinus, Sethian Gnostics, and Early Trinitarians

Authors

  • Benjamin Hatfield

Abstract

“Navigating Intellectual and Traditional Crossroads: Plotinus, Sethian Gnostics, and Early Trinitarians” examines how various intellectual and religious traditions in Late Antiquity accommodated seemingly conflicting ideas. Three traditions—Platonism, Gnosticism, and Trinitarian Christianity—had to respond to general inconsistencies and the opposing worldviews of the wider Greco-Roman world that simply could not go unchallenged. This paper argues that modern religions could take similar steps to reconcile their own traditional worldviews with those of modern society while retaining sacrosanct convictions about the nature of the divine.

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Published

2021-09-01