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55. St. Irenaeus of Lyons: Against the Heresies Book 1(Ancient Christian Writers) Hardcover – January 1, 1991
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin, Greek
About the Author
Father Dominic J. Unger, O.F.M. Cap., was born at Herndon, Kansas in 1907. He entered the capuchin order as a novitiate in 1928, and was ordained a priest six years later. Subsequently he studied at Rome, receiving his licentiates in theology and literature. He taught theology and Sacred Scripture until 1950, and devoted many years to research and writing thereafter. Father Unger is the author of "Handbook for Forty Hours Adoration", "The Mystery of Love for the Single", "Our Lady s Daily Hours", and "The First Gospel: Genesis 3:15". He died in 1982 and was buried in Hays, Kansas.
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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.
For anyone engaged in serious research of ancient gnostic belief, this volume is a sure companion. If, however, you want to acquire greater "gnosis" of proto-orthodox Christian theology (Irenaeus' development of recapitulation is a necessity!), then you may want to look to the reproductions of early translations.