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This work, which establishes Irenaeus as the most important of the theologians of the second century, is a detailed and effective refutation of Gnosticism, and a major source of information on the various Gnostic sects and doctrines. This volume contains Book One.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 1st 1992 by Newman Press (first published 188)
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Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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The views Irenaeus describes here are even weirder than what you see on Twitter.
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating 3rd generation Christian leader writing against the Gnostics. Love the 3rd book with its link to Polycarp and John the Apostle.
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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...woah. Neat theological perspective, as Irenaeus clashed against Gnosticism. His method felt like a bombardment of foreign ideas, but once I worked through this, I could see and appreciate his struggle. The struggle against Gnosticism is a big deal today -- I think most escapist theology stems from Gnosticism ("We've got to get out of this evil, evil earth and get to some place better! vs. God is redeeming all creation!).
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Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I gave this 3 stars because I would recommend this book to every pastor and I would encourage every church member to ignore it. I say this because Against the Heresies I is stupid and ridiculous. This is nothing against Irenaeus, I applaud him for taking the time to expose Gnosticism, but the teaching of Gnostics is stupid and ridiculous. It would be helpful for every pastor to read this book to learn the background of the false teaching combating the early church. But for the most part, Gnostic ...more
Brian Collins
The first book of Against the Heresies is largely an account of the heresies that the church faced in the time of Irenaeus. These are complicated and sometimes incomprehensible. The main benefit of wading through them is to gain the recognition that completely implausible false teaching can seem quite persuasive in a given time and place while, in truth, being entirely empty. This is worth remembering when contemporary heresies seem formidable.

In terms of positive contributions to Christian
Christian Proano
Though most of this book describes and traces all the gnostics heresies from its beginning (affecting the Church) with Simon Magus to Valentinus, the arch-heretic of St. Irenaeus times,, this book is worth reading because you may trace a lot of dangerous mysticism of essence, and rationalistic tendencies to today current of thoughts in different Christian and non-Christian traditions here and there.
However every time St. Irenaeus describes the Church tradition and teaching, is as if a peal is
Drew Bennett
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
I struggle with the early fathers. Always have. This book was much larger than I expected and for that reason I only read selections of it. It was hard for me to draw much practical application from it because the issues Irenaus is addressing- namely the gnostic controversy in the first two centuries of church history- are not the same issues that I am being forced to address in my life and ministry. The "two stars" is not an indication of the importance of this book nor even its contented ...more
Tyson Guthrie
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A difficult read. Irenaeus' recounting of the gnostic heresies can be tedious, but it is worth the reader's attention, as it will lay a good seed-bed for understanding his refutation of them in the following 4 books.
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St. Irenaeus (2nd cenutry C.E. – c. 202) was Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, then a part of the Roman Empire (now Lyons, France). He was an early church father and apologist, and his writings were formative in the early development of Christian theology. Irenaeus' best-known book, Adversus Haereses or Against Heresies (c. 180) is a detailed attack on Gnosticism, which was then a serious threat to the ...more

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