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Did any other philosophical systems have as much influence on the early Church as Platonism and Stoicism? When someone attempts to make Christianity into a system, it can be made to reflect or include various philosophic perspectives. More significantly you would find the imprint of a culture such as Hellenism. The derivation of catechetical schools ...


To add to Matthew's answer regarding Neoplatonism, the early Church was also influenced by Aristotle. I should point out that Plotinus and his followers attempted a reconciliation of Plato with Aristotle, with differing degrees of success. There is, therefore, some influence of Aristotle indirectly through the Neoplatonists. However, the terminology used ...

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