Desert Fathers | Orthodoxy

On the 'speculative' side Evagrios the Solitary relies heavily upon Origen (c. 185-c.254), borrowing from him in particular certain theories about the pre-existence of human souls and the apokatastasis or final restoration of all things in Christ. These theories were condemned at the fifth Ecumenical Council (553). On the 'practical' side he draws upon the living experience of the Desert Fathers of Egypt, mainly Copts.