The Origen Research Center, located at the WWU Münster and guided by Prof. Dr. Dr. Alfons Fürst, follows several projects concerning the Alexandrian philosopher and theologian Origen (185-253/4).
The research center is open Monday-Wednesday from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. On Wednesday, 2018-08-15, the Origen research center remains closed.
In 2018 several seminars and workshops which deal with Origen and his reception take place. An overview of the dates and places can be found here.
THE LEGACY OF ORIGEN
Origen (185–253/54) was the first Christian theologian who took part in the theological, philosophical, religious, social and political debates of his time on a high intellectual level. He set standards by thinking in an academic way and by developing original ideas about central topics like freedom, history and justice. Even though his ideas were posthumously condemned as heretical by the official church, Origen’s influence upon Christian theology as well as the intellectual history of the subsequent centuries in general was profound and decisive throughout. One cannot understand the history of the Christianity in late antiquity or the cultural change of this period which has deeply shaped the eastern and western world of the Mediterranean and Europe to this very day without the manifold impulses of the ancient Christian polymath Origen. His ethos of finding the truth in open dialogue, which corresponds so closely to the discursive style of current scientific research and teaching, and his concept of Christian universality, which is principally and consistently nonviolent, combined with a theory of the state and of society, continue to make him one of the most rewarding historical conversation partners in the fields of topical religious-cultural and theological problems .
Beierwaltes Seminars on Origen and Christian Platonism
The biannual Beierwaltes Seminars on Origen and Christian Platonism, hosted by the Cambridge Centre, revolve around key concepts of Platonism and their transformation in Christian philosophy from the Alexandrians Clement and Origen to the present day. After reading and discussing excerpts from the work of the eminent scholar Werner Beierwaltes (translated into English for the first time), both PhD students and postdocs give papers on their current research on Origen and Christian Platonism. Everyone interested in and working on Platonism and Origenism is cordially invited to take part. Please send an email to Dr Christian Hengstermann: email@example.com. The invitation with further information can be found here.
Colloquia on the History of Origen's Reception VIII
On November 29th/30th 2018, the eighth "Colloquium on the History of Origen's Reception" takes place. It deals with a first station of Origenism in late antiquity and is dedicated to the theme "Condemnation of Origen - Emperor Justinian and the Council of Constantinople 553". The colloquium, organized by Alfons Fürst (Münster) as part of the EU project "The History of Human Freedom and Dignity in Western Civilization" in cooperation with Thomas Karmann (Innsbruck), takes place in Austria at the University of Innsbruck. The program flyer with more information can be found here.
Beierwaltes Seminar III in Cambridge
On July 7th the third "Beierwaltes Seminar" takes place at the University of Cambridge. Organized by Douglas Hedley, Adrian Mihai (both Cambridge), and Christian Hengstermann (Münster), it focuses on the exegesis of Ex. 3:14 in the history of theology and philosophy. Of our Faculty, Christian Hengstermann and Markus Wagner, research assistant at the Studienbüro, will give presentations. If you are interested in participating in this seminar, please contact Anne Achternkamp. The programme of the seminar can be found here.
Contours and Expressions of the Self in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures - Conference in Jerusalem
A conference on the topic Contours and Expressions of the Self in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures takes place from May 27-31 2018 in Jerusalem. The objective of the conference is to examine the growing scholarly consensus that new, intensified or modified notions of the Self emerged in the Greco-Roman period. Assembling a group of experts from different fields, we ask whether and how new notions of the Self emerged across “pagan”, Jewish and Christian cultures. Prof. Dr. Dr. Alfons Fürst, leader of the Origen research center in Münster and currently supervisor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, co-organizes this conference, which is funded, inter alia, by the EU project The History of Human Freedom and Dignity in Western Civilization. Everyone interested in and working on the Self in Anitquity is cordially invited to take part. Further information can be found here.
Origen and the Roots of "Human Freedom" and "Human Dignity" in the West
The annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion takes places from November 17-19, 2018 in Denver, Co, under the leadership of Anders-Christian Jacobson. The Seminar Origen and the Roots of "Human Freedom" and "Human Dignity" in the West focus on the the philosophical and theological roots behind the modern Western conception of humans as free, valuable, and dignified beings. It is particular interested in the reception of the works of Origen of Alexandria in various times and places in relation to notions of ‘human freedom’ and ‘human dignity’ in those contexts. Further information can be found here.
Re-Thinking Origen - Conference in Cambridge
A conference on the Origenian thinking in late antiquity and modernity takes place on April 25th 2018 in Cambridge. Dr. Christian Hengstermann, recently substitute professor at the chair of ancient church history, will respond to Douglas Hedley whose presentation deals with the reception of Origen in Anne Conway and the Cambridge Platonists. The program and abstracts of the single presentations can be found here.
Sound biography on Origen by Alfons Fürst
The early Christian theologian Origen of Alexandria (185-253/4) put as a Greek thinker with excellent erudtion and yet as a convinced Christians his broad scholarship into the service of the exegesis of the bible. Fürst examines basic aspects of this brilliant thinker like his relaptionship with Gnosticism, Judaism, exegesis and philosophy, and points out his role as one of the founders of Christian philosophy. This systematic biography on Origen ends with a chapter about the reception history.
Origen's Philosophy of Freedom in 17th-Century England
The EU-project "The History of Human Freedom and Dignity in Western Civilization" offers a workshop an "Origen's Philosophy of Freedom in 17th-Century England" which will take place on October 19th - 21th in the Agora Hotel "Seezeit", Room 4, Bismarckalle 47, Münster.
New book on the reception of Origen in the Origeniana of Huet published
This publication examines different aspects of the Origeniana by Pierre-Danie Huet (1630-1721) which were published in 1668 and can be seen as a milestone in the history of ideas and the research on Origen.