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55. St. Irenaeus of Lyons: Against the Heresies Book 1(Ancient Christian Writers) (v. 1) Hardcover – January 1, 1991
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The book starts out with a review of Gnostic Cosmology. We have one Deity falling in love with a female Deity (who comes out of nowhere) to have a Godling Child to whom they give a ridiculous name. The Godling grows up and the cycle repeats. Senseing humor, St. Irenaeus asks why such important beings such as gods would want to go to all this trouble to give their kids ridiculous names. He goes on to imply that such a weak foundation to Gnosticism propogates to the various Gnostic Cults covered in the rest of the book, the "Field Guide" portion.
Is it easy reading? No Way!!! In fact, it to me several false starts before I got the willpower to read it to completion. Is it an important book? There could be no New Testament without it, so YES, this Book is Vital. To be quite honest, only one in ten thousand people would ever be interested in reading this book; On the other hand, it is a Godsend to that one Person.
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With Against the Heresies Book I, we have a much needed addition to tha ACW library. This being said, we're still in need of four additional books to complete Against the Heresies. Read morePublished on February 19, 2011 by J. V.
A little difficult to read, but the notes are great and completed my understanding.Published on January 18, 2007 by P. Torosian
Irenaeus' work in refuting the Gnostics of his day provides an acute understanding of the problems facing the early orthodox church. Read morePublished on November 25, 2005 by Amazon Customer