I personally am a fan of Origen. He, along with Tertullian are my two favorite early church fathers. But, the reason Origen is often berated by many is because of his high view of philosophy. Many people believe he interspersed Aristotlian philosophy with the Christian faith. For me, I see no problem with this. For even the Apostle Paul used reasoning in his proclamation to the Athenians. But, when we base our entire theology from philosophy then I see a problem with it. Much of today's conservative theology can find it's origins with Augustine, interspersed with Enlightenment-era philosophy. This is troubling. But, perhaps the subject of another post perhaps.
In answer to your questions. I personally believe some truth can be found in some things. Even amongst some of the more unorthodox Christian thinkers some truth can be found. And, even amongst many non-believers or believers of other faiths, some truth can indeed be found. Yes, we (or someone else) can indeed glean truth from what has historically been unorthodox thinkers. After all, Christianity was a very unorthodox and perhaps found to be heretical by many in its early years. It was for many years, a cult. Thanks to many theologians, Christianity has become much more understood and easily grasped.
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