#19: Philo of Alexandria and “Pessimistic” Free Will

In this episode we move farther afield to Egypt and the Diaspora community of Alexandria. How did Philo of Alexandria (also known as Philo Judaeus) approach the human desire to sin while navigating between a belief in divine revelation and an acceptance of Greek thought?

  • How does Philo reconcile the existence of human sin with God (in an unusually daring way)?
  • How can Philo combine belief in free will with a truly pessimistic view of human nature?
  • Why did Philo’s books become important to early Christians?

And as always, leave me your questions and comments below!

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