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  • It's interesting, I think, that Irenaeus is as much attacking the Gnostics as preaching to the heathens.

    A Dark And Hidden God

  • Perhaps it is significant that all the patristic examples of world denial that you list here come from before theologians really began to struggle with the notion of God as Trinity (interesting that you should point out the self-contradiction in Irenaeus, since he was one of the thinkers who began the movement to what we now know as trinitarianism).

    A Dark And Hidden God

  • The first part of Pagels's quote comes from Book III, Chapter 15 of Against Heresies, where Irenaeus is arguing for the genuineness of the whole of the New Testament, here against the Valentinians:

    The Gnostic shuffle ...

  • In this chapter, Irenaeus is primarily concerned neither with the authenticity of Scripture nor with the Valentinians, but with the doctrine of creation propounded by another Gnostic heresiarch named Basilides.

    The Gnostic shuffle ...

  • Pagels's quotation of Irenaeus is tagged by an endnote reference which, on page 162, reads Ibid.

    The Gnostic shuffle ...

  • One of the grossest images may be found in Irenaeus,

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • And yet there must be this alternative, for in many copies of the Apocalpyse even before the time of Irenaeus, that is to say, before 185, 616 is given as the number instead of 666, And this is the number we get if an

    The Johannine Writings

  • The Church believes that the dogma is supported by Scripture e.g., Mary's being greeted by the Angel Gabriel as "full of grace" as well as either directly or indirectly by the writings of Church Fathers such as Irenaeus of Lyons and Ambrose of Milan.


  • [634: 1] In Stieren's "Irenaeus," i. 824, there is a different reading of this passage, according to which some continued the fast forty days.

    The Ancient Church Its History, Doctrine, Worship, and Constitution

  • 'Irenaeus's theology is undermined more than most others by the suggestion of a non-historical Adam' (Darwin Creation and the Fall p. 141).

    An accidental blog


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