One of the early leaders of the "Catechetical School" in Alexandria, he succeeded Clement at age eighteen. Origen set before his students the goal of genuine philosophy, the attainment of the good life. Ignorance, he said, is a great barrier to godliness. He developed the "allegorical interpretation" of Scripture. He held that there are three levels of meaning in the Bible: the literal sense; the moral application to the soul; and the allegorical or spiritual sense, which refers to the great mysteries of Christian faith. He greatly influenced Gregory. Was singled out under the persecution of Decius and was tortured and flung in jail under poor conditions. Three years after his eventual release, he died at sixty-nine in Tyre.
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