Divine greatness and providence according to the theology of Irenaeus of Lyons


The article discusses the problem of the ontological distinction between God’s
transcendence and immanence in the theological thought of Irenaeus of Lyons,
a Church Father of the II-III century. The author presents the main conceptual
and terminological apparatus that Irenaeus used in his antinomic approach to the
“reconciliation” of apophatic and kataphatic images of God. He analyzes the key
characteristics of these two dimensions of the nature of God. Special attention is
paid to the analysis of the kataphatic approache in answering the question: how
can God, who is completely ontologicaly removed from created reality, be at the
same time actively present in the world and filling it. In this context the author
analyzes the key notions, which express the “intradivine” remoteness and God’s
active nearness in relation to created being.


Irenaeus of Lyons; Divine greatness; divine philanthropy; divine hands; Logos; Sophia; divine energy

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Published : 2018-12-16

Zhukovskyy, V. (2018). Divine greatness and providence according to the theology of Irenaeus of Lyons. Vox Patrum, 69, 755-770. https://doi.org/10.31743/vp.3285

Viktor Zhukovskyy 
Український Католицький Університет (Львів)  Ukraine

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