Irenaeus, 2nd-century Greek bishop and saint.

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Irenaeus (; Greek: Εἰρηναῖος Eirēnaios; c. 130 – c. 202 AD) was a Greek bishop noted for his role in guiding and expanding Christian communities in what is now the south of France and, more widely, for the development of Christian theology by combating heresy and defining orthodoxy. Originating from Smyrna, he had seen and heard the preaching of Polycarp, the last known living connection with the Apostles, who in turn was said to have heard John the Evangelist.Chosen as bishop of Lugdunum, now Lyon, his best-known work is Against Heresies, often cited as Adversus Haereses, a refutation of gnosticism, in particular that of Valentinus. To counter the doctrines of the gnostic sects claiming secret wisdom, he offered three pillars of orthodoxy: the scriptures, the tradition handed down from the apostles, and the teaching of the apostles' successors.

Irenaeus (disambiguation)
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Irenaeus (disambiguation) ... Saint Irenaeus of Lugdunum (Lyons) was a Catholic bishop, theologian and early church father. Irenaeus or similar may also refer to: Irenaeus (Bekish)...

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Demiurge ... 67. Irenaeus, Adversus Haereses, i. 23, 1. Irenaeus, Adversus Haereses, i. 23, 5. Irenaeus, i. 24, 1. Irenaeus, Adversus Haereses, i. 25. Irenaeus, Adversus...

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Polycarp ... Anglican and Lutheran churches. His name means "much fruit" in Greek. Both Irenaeus and Tertullian record that Polycarp had been a disciple of John the Apostle...

Logos (Christianity)
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Logos (Christianity) ... Dionysius of Rome, Victorinus, etc. Irenaeus. "Against Heresies, 3.11". Irenaeus, Against Heresies, 3.3.4 Irenaeus. "Against Heresies, 3.11.1". Harris...

Pope Linus
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Pope Linus ... end of Paul's life. The earliest witness to the episcopate of Linus was Irenaeus, who in c. AD 180 wrote that "the blessed apostles, then, having founded...

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Valentinianism ... many believe that the system Irenaeus was counteracting was the construct of later Valentinians. According to Irenaeus, the Valentinians believed that...

Irenaeus (Bekish)
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Irenaeus (Bekish) ... Metropolitan Ireney (Patron Saint St. Irenaeus of Lyons, secular name John Bekish, born Ivan Dmitriyevich Bekish, Russian: Иван Дмитриевич Бекиш, Polish:...

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Gnosticism ... relation to heresy originates with interpreters of Irenaeus. Some scholars consider that Irenaeus sometimes uses gnostikos to simply mean "intellectual"...

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Carpocrates ... they held, was mere human opinion. Irenaeus offers this belief as an explanation of their licentious behaviour. Irenaeus then goes on to provide his further...

Great Church
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Great Church ... the truth. Cunningham states that two points in Irenaeus' writing deserve attention. First, that Irenaeus distinguished the Church singular from "the churches"...

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