I was always warned off Platonism as that anti-Christian philosophy that infiltrated and corrupted Christian theology. As I studied theology that seemed to be the universal message that I was hearing.
But the more I read the Fathers the more I became suspicious of this suspicion of Christian Platonism. It seemed to me that Christian Platonism in one version or another was the predominant theology of the orthodox churches, both East and West, for well over a thousand years. I did not have it in me to simply reject such a tradition as “corrupt” Christianity. These were the guys who defined orthodoxy.
So we are due for a revival of Christian Platonism; not the body-hating caricature of Christian Platonism but a body-affirming version.
Here are some good thoughts from Simon Oliver of Nottingham University in a video interview on Plato.