A Study in Anti-Gnostic Polemics: Irenaeus, Hippolytus and by Gerard Vallee

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See K. Koschorke, Die Polemik der Gnostiker gegen das kirchliche Christentum, Leiden 1978, p. 247 n. 15. 63 N . Brox (Offenbarung, pp. 33-5) points to the ' versöhnliche Haltung 1 öf the Gnostics who did not see their Gnos is as d irectly contrad icting the church. 'Sie wollen nicht ausserhalb als Häretiker, sondern in der 1 Kirche als Pneumatiker gelten (p. 34). But Irenaeus refuses all compromise with them and insists on seeing in gnostic groups heretical 'Konventikel' ('unauthorized assemblies' or rival communities : see SC 210, pp.

Further on simple faith and theology, see N. Brox, ' Der einfache Glaube und die Theologie. Zur altkirchlichen Geschichte eines Dauerproblems 1 , Kairos 14, 197 2, pp. 161-187, esp. 167-168 on Irenaeus,* A Komigl iano, ' Popular Religious Beliefs and the Late Roman Historians', Studies inChurch History, eds. G. J. Cuming and D. Baker, vol. 8, 1972, pp. 1-18. 41 For a typical statement of this suspicion, see Adv. haer. 1. M. ', JTS 10, 1959, pp. 280-298. In the later Roman Empire 'the generality of people f irmly believed that not only individual salvation but the fortune of the empire depended on correct doctrine' (p.

Hilgenfeld, Ketzergeschichte, p. 68 saw the enterprise of the Elenchos as similar to that of Luke : 'Hippolytus II steht unter den ältesten Häresiologen ähnlich da, wie Lukas unter den synoptischen Evangelisten. Nach so manchen Vorgängern hat er es aufs Neue unternommen, allem von vorn an nachzugehen und neue Forschungen oder Erfahrungen angebracht... '. ® A. d'Ales, La théologie 1906, pp. 78, 104 and 211. de saint Hippolyte, Paris K • KosohoirJcG^ H x p^ojly t»s Kg t z or b^sjc âunni^^ f u n jPo JLjs ni x k gegen die Gnostiker : Ei ne Tendenzkritische Untersuchung seiner 'Refutatio omnium haeresium', Wiesbaden 1975, pp.

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