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Saint Irenaeus of Lyons: Against Heresies Paperback – March 28, 2012
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I should also mention that Ex Fontibus has charitably left many of the humorous footnotes from the original edition intact.
UPDATE: (2/29/2012) This is all 5 books of Against Heresies in one volume.
Book I contained Irenaeus's straight-forward retelling of the Gnostic heresies advanced by Marcion, Valentinus, Simon Magus and others. If it weren't for moments of cheek and wit, this inital section would be impossible to read. Some of these Gnostic sects hold beliefs, which are laugh out loud hilarious. In hindsight, it's chilling to read the similarities between the Gnostics and today's Eastern philosophy, New Age and Spiritualist movements.
Book II unveiled Irenaeus's use of logic and philosophy in debunking the Gnostic heresies of his day. The arguments don't flow that smoothly, and in several places, they're muddled at best, which I attributed in great measure to the extant Latin text. The footnotes provided a great deal of insight into the difficulties that the translators encountered with the Latin. Now, the latter part of this second section starts to gain some steam as Irenaeus advances the sacredness of scripture. I viewed it as an embryonic statement of the authority and sufficiency of scripture.Read more ›
It is a very hard read but good. you should get it.
As for the content, it contains all five books of Against Heresies by Saint Irenaeus. The organization is well laid out and easy to follow. Everything is clearly marked and the print size is average, so it is not too bad on the eyes. The footnotes are numerous and easily navigable.
The book covers the Gnostic heresies in detail and how to refute them. It is an excellent look into the past of the early Church. I highly recommend this work as a companion piece to other Church History texts.
- Printing quality: excellent. A sharp, clear font... NOT a facsimile. The layout is formatted nicely, with all the footnotes on the actual page that they are referenced.
- Content: Due to the fact that even self-proclaimed "modern Gnostics" and "Gnostic scholars" continue to reference this work, (albeit begrudgingly) shows the undeniable influence of Irenaeus.
Not negative... yet not that great:
- Cover: An interestingly textured, "waxy" softcover. It seems to be attracted to dust and the like which is annoying on an all-white book.
- The overall size and glue binding: It seems it will be sturdy enough for reference and casual reading... not being thrown around. Yet with this price, and quality of printing, it is hard to gripe about this issue. It is the size of a massive telephone directory book, for a comparison.
For what this book is, I don't readily see any.
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To those who say this book is "pro-Catholic":
There was, in the American footnotes, an anti-Catholic bias - not - derived from Irenaeus' text itself.
I'm thankful for this edition that endeavors to bring the translation to the forefront, rather than mess around with needless, added footnotes.
An explanation, from the book intro, about the removal of anti-Catholic/other useless footnotes, while retaining the helpful translation footnotes:
"The work was also very much a specimen of it's time.Read more ›
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Classic missleading the masses. Examples of programs still in use today. WWII Germany classic example. Classic example of church censorship.Published on May 24, 2013 by Bill Stockman