Okie Dokie everyone. Here’s a little something I found regarding the Church’s feeling towards Origen and his writings and those who adhere to things contained in them:
“If anyone does not anathematize Arius, Eunomius, Macedonius, Apollinaris, Nestorius, Eutyches and Origen, as well as their impious writings, as also all other heretics already condemned and anathematized by the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, and by the aforesaid four Holy Synods and [if anyone does not equally anathematize] all those who have held and hold or who in their impiety persist in holding to the end the same opinion as those heretics just mentioned: let him be anathema.”
From the Eleventh Anathema of the 5t Ecumenical Council at Constantinope ( II ) in 553 A.D. as contained in the Section called the Capitula
What I find in this particular anathematization is an extension of the curse, an anathema, to everything Origen wrote, either in his hand or by the hands of others. His many supporters and students actually would write for hours in a group of sometimes twenty or more as he dictated. Not only did this happen, but after he was at first condemned, his writings for years were re-written in an attempt to render them less offensive to the Church. So, simple logic says he and all he wrote were condemned and it was never lifted though many tried.
How does that render his writings acceptable today? To me, it doesn’t, nor should it. You could read what is extant today in order to study his stuff, but you cannot *agree with it *in any way.
There is also this: many, many scholars and theologians have studied his stuff, but found that things attributed to him weren’t in fact his own and were either written by someone else or one of his adherents later on and even vice-a-versa, believed to have been written by Origen but in fact were found to be of the category of the sanitized versions written by someone else.
So why Origen if all this confusion and even the possibility of incurring an anathema for reading his stuff? Why risk it? I know I’m not smart enough to play around with this fire without getting burnt.