I ran across this short video of Andrew Louth discussing the relationship between Christianity and Neoplatonism in Late Antiquity, and I think it is a nice follow-up to my previous post about the dangers of what I call the specter of influence. He notes that to ask the question of influence is really to see things the wrong way. What we see in the time period of the Early Church are both Christians and Neoplatonist asking similar question in a shared cultural context that expresses itself in similar ways, but by no means necessarily reaching the same conclusions. This, I think, is a more sober way to approach the issue, and it opens up new vistas for exploring the distinct, and often subtle, contribution of individual authors.


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