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It was Philo of Alexandria, in particular, who carried through this union. When God becomes abstract, however, it is not sufficient to hypostasize some of his qualities, such as heaven, height, glory, etc. Mediating beings must appear between God and man. During the inter-testamental period these mediating beings became more and more important for practical piety. First, there were the angels, deteriorated gods and goddesses from surrounding paganism. During the period when the prophets fought against polytheism, they could not play any role.
4. Eclecticism Eclecticism is another reality which was taken over by the Christian Church. This comes from a Greek word meaning to choose some possibilities out of many. Americans should not have contempt for this because in this respect as in so many others they are like the ancient Romans. The Eclectics were not creative philosophers like the Greeks. The Roman thinkers were often at the same time politicians and statesmen. As Eclectics they did not create new systems. Instead, they chose (Cicero, for example) the most important concepts from the classical Greek systems which they thought would be pragmatically useful for Roman citizens.
This aeon i s controlled by demonic forces; the world, even nature itself, is ageing and fading away. One of the reasons for this is that man h » s subjected himself to the demonic forces and is disobedient aga inst the law. Adam's fall has produced the universal destiny of d e a t h . This idea was developed from the brief story of the fall in Genesis into a system as we find it in Paul. This fall is confirTned by every individual through his actual sin. This aeon is u n d e r a tragic fate, but in spite of that the individual is responsible for it.