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  • n. Greek theologian who was bishop of Lyons and an antiheretical writer; a saint and Doctor of the Church (circa 130-200)


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  • To paraphrase St. Irenaeus, he is opting to embody the glory of God, by being a human fully alive.

    Marianne T. Duddy-Burke: Rallying Around Father Roy: How Catholics Should Respond To His Impending Dismissal

  • Identification and dissociation in rhetorical expose: An analysis of St. Irenaeus "Against Heresies."

    American Rhetoric - Christian Rhetoric Scholarly Reference Guide

  • Though not part of the canon of the Holy Bible, Hermas was widely revered by the early Christians, praised by church leaders like St. Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, and Origen, and was frequently read publicly in early churches to edify the faithful.


  • However, St. Irenaeus in the second century was entirely unaware of two separate Johns in Papias's writings -- on the contrary, St. Irenaeus clearly though John the Presbyter referred to and quoted by Papias was St. John the son of Zebedee.

    Bohemian thoughts...

  • St. Irenaeus, writing in 180, tells us that John lived until the reign of the Emperor Trajan, which began in 98.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Secondly, the first sentence is from 2 Peter 1:4, and the three subsequent quotes are from, respectively, St. Irenaeus, St. Athanasius, and gasp!

    Archive 2009-01-11

  • Very early in the life of the Church, in Book 3, Chapter 17 of Against Heresies, St. Irenaeus of Lyon affirms the movement of the Holy Spirit in Christ, and through Christ into the world, and particularly into the Church.

    Part II: Piety the Savory Gift

  • But already before him, St. Irenaeus formulated a truth that I would like to recall here: "Where the Church is, there is the Spirit of God, and where the Spirit of God is, there is the Church and every grace, and the Spirit is truth; to distance yourself from the Church is to reject the Spirit" and thus "to exclude yourself from life" Adv.

    Archive 2008-05-11

  • Eager to accommodate their new land, Catholics then quite happily drew the conclusion that American Values and the Founders responsible for them could legitimately be cheered on as if they were as Catholic as St. Irenaeus; that the philosophes behind them must all be budding catechists at the school of Alexandria; that their Protestant ancestors would surely have been welcome at the table of St. Hilary of Poitiers.

    Founding Fathers vs. Church Fathers

  • Or perhaps it was Vatican II's Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation that reminded the Church, in the words of St. Irenaeus, that "the study of the sacred page is, as it were, the soul of sacred theology."

    Scott Hahn makes some unhelpful comments


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