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 (lō′gōs′, lŏg′ŏs′)
1. Philosophy
a. In pre-Socratic philosophy, the principle governing the cosmos, the source of this principle, or human reasoning about the cosmos.
b. Among the Sophists, the topics of rational argument or the arguments themselves.
c. In Stoicism, the active, material, rational principle of the cosmos; nous. Identified with God, it is the source of all activity and generation and is the power of reason residing in the human soul.
2. Judaism
a. In biblical Judaism, the word of God, which itself has creative power and is God's medium of communication with the human race.
b. In Hellenistic Judaism, a hypostasis associated with divine wisdom.
3. Christianity In Saint John's Gospel, especially in the prologue (1:1-14), the creative word of God, which is itself God and incarnate in Jesus. Also called Word.

[Greek; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Philosophy) philosophy reason or the rational principle expressed in words and things, argument, or justification; esp personified as the source of order in the universe
[C16: from Greek: word, reason, discourse, from legein to speak]


(Theology) Christian theol the divine Word; the second person of the Trinity incarnate in the person of Jesus
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(ˈloʊ gɒs, -goʊs, ˈlɒg ɒs)

1. (in Greek philosophy) the rational principle that governs and develops the universe.
2. (in Christian theology) the divine word or reason incarnate in Jesus Christ. John 1:1–14.
[1580–90; < Greek lógos a word, speech, discourse, proportion, ratio, n. derivative of légein to choose, gather, speak; compare lection]
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Noun1.Logos - the divine word of God; the second person in the Trinity (incarnate in Jesus)
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Socrates creates an art of logoi, an art that treats the method of inquiry in itself as its object for investigation.
Cooper uses deified corporeality as a prism through which to observe Maximus's broader thought, organizing his exploration into chapters on corporeality and, respectively, (1) divine concealment (that is, epistemology and revelation); (2) the cosmos, including issues of cause and preexistence; dualist and meonic understandings of evil; corporeality as evil, punitive, or salutary; the relationship between the logoi (God's original ideas or principles, akin to the Platonic forms) of creation and the Logos from and in whom all logoi derive their existence; the neo-Platonist conception of procession and return as a paradigm for interpreting Gen.
(64) Woodard 130 sees "a distinction between a masculine world of erga, in which logoi are mere servants, and a feminine world of logoi, here laments, which preclude physical effectiveness but have another power all their own" throughout most of the play, until Electra's logoi are reconciled to her brother's erga.
Common topics are found in the rhetorical tradition, back even before Aristotle in the anonymous "Dissol Logoi" treatise, an anonymous compilation of the commonplaces that made "common sense" for that audience at the time.
In the missionary context of the industrialized world, where secularism is in some instances giving way to a revival of "paganism" or the emergence of"new age" spirituality, or an interest in oriental religions, the theology of St Maximos, in which the "logoi" of God are affirmed, in which the created universe plays a mediating and sanctifying role in God's divine plan, in which the cosmos is to be blessed, reclaimed, transfigured and transformed, sanctified and blessed to become "the Kingdom of our God and of His Christ" presents a Christian alternative.
The pamphlet in which Diagoras had criticized the Eleusinian Mysteries--apparently more manifesto than apologia--bore the title (from its first words) of Apopurgizontes Logoi, literally "Words [or Arguments] That Wall Off."(19) Its title suggests his thesis: there is no direct connection between the world of the gods and that of humans, and the two worlds are, as it were, "walled off" from one another.