Profound Influence Of Stoicism On Christianity
(too old to reply)
2016-04-27 17:36:49 UTC
Two months ago I started reading the 1976 Reprint of


I bought this book almost 40 years ago. I wish that I had read it much
earlier. I had no knowledge of Stoicism and had the misguided impression
that it was essentially a fatalistic philosophy. That is why Maxwell
Staniforth's Introduction [pp. 7-27] was such an eye-opener.

Staniforth points out the profound influence of Stoic philosophy, as it
existed at the time of Marcus Aurelius, on Christianity. In particular:

1. The belief in the soul, and the notion "that after the dissolution of
the body the soul lived on in the upper regions of the air" [p. 15]
2. Some Stoics "believed in a purgatory state in which the soul underwent
physical and moral purification" [p. 16]
3. the concepts of universal brotherhood and kindness to others [p. 18]
4. "Logos" and "divine spirit" ("pneuma") had long been "the leading terms
of Stoicism" and were "the medium through which God manifested himself in
the creation and maintenance of the world" [pp.24-25]
5. "the Stoic belief in the final conflagration of the universe" [p. 26]
6. Humility and Asceticism: "anchorite," "ascetic," "monachi,"
and "monasterium"--"Each of these borrowed [Stoic] expressions has retained
its place and significance in the language of the Church to this day."[p. 26]

Staniforth was well-educated in both Stoic Philosophy and Christianity.
The scanned Introduction is available by scrolling down at:

Count Gudenus
2016-04-27 18:30:52 UTC
has nothing to do with OUR ATR.
2016-04-27 19:22:05 UTC
Post by Count Gudenus
has nothing to do with OUR ATR.
Really? Emperor Marcus Aurelius has nothing to do with ATR?
2018-02-23 14:43:20 UTC
Post by D***@teikyopost.edu
Post by Count Gudenus
has nothing to do with OUR ATR.
Really? Emperor Marcus Aurelius has nothing to do with ATR?
The 2/5/98 message posted at


Contains pages 23-26, the Section 'Stoicism and Christianity', from
Stanifoth's Introduction. It is truly amazing to read the about the
profound influence of Stoic Philosophy on Christianity.