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Manuel Alfonseca | 1631 comments Mod
Christian heresies appear with Simon Magus during the life of the apostles and never stop turning up. Eusebius dedicates a substantial space to their description, together with those orthodox Christians who fought against them and eventually defeated them.


Manuel Alfonseca | 1631 comments Mod
It is interesting that Aurelian, who according to Eusebius would have organized another persecution if he had had time, was appealed by the Middle East bishops when Paul of Samosata, bishop of Antioch, was excommunicated for heresy, and refused to deliver his seat. Aurelian decided that the bishop of Rome should decide who had the right to occupy the seat, thus recognizing his authority over the whole Church.


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Fonch | 1445 comments Manuel wrote: "It is interesting that Aurelian, who according to Eusebius would have organized another persecution if he had had time, was appealed by the Middle East bishops when Paul of Samosata, bishop of Anti..."
Aurelian the defeater of Tetricus, in this case i recomend the novel of my friend Manuel Alfonseca The "Emerald Table" where appears Postumus, and Tetricus, and Zenobia the Odenthus`s wife adored to the Sun. It is posible that the sun cult inspired the Diocletian`s religión and cult, and the system Tetrarchy. It is an evidence that this emperor inspired to Diocletian, and Galerius. About the question the earthly power ever wanted to lead the spiritual power, nowadays it is happening, and a big part of the roman pursuit against the Christian is because they deny to adore the emperor if this thing had happened the christianity had been one more of the Empire religión losing his personalaity and iscontrol with by the Emperor. If this thing had happened is posible that it had fallen with the barbarian or in other period but it had not stood a lot in the history.


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John Seymour | 1968 comments Mod
Manuel wrote: "It is interesting that Aurelian, who according to Eusebius would have organized another persecution if he had had time, was appealed by the Middle East bishops when Paul of Samosata, bishop of Anti..."

I noted that as well.


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Jill A. | 719 comments What was the content of Montanism? Just receiving prophecies isn't heretical unless their content was.


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Jill A. | 719 comments One of the interesting controversies he mentions is whether those who apostasized then changed their minds and want to be readmitted to the Church should be re-baptized, or maybe the confusion is whether heretical baptism is valid (It could conceivably be in the name of the Father, Son and Spirit.) Related questions still divide Christian denominations today.


Manuel Alfonseca | 1631 comments Mod
Jill wrote: "What was the content of Montanism? Just receiving prophecies isn't heretical unless their content was."

Montanists asserted that they were receiving new prophecies directly from the Holy Spirit, while the remainder of the Church asserted that revelation had ended with Jesus.


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John Seymour | 1968 comments Mod
Manuel wrote: "Jill wrote: "What was the content of Montanism? Just receiving prophecies isn't heretical unless their content was."

Montanists asserted that they were receiving new prophecies directly from the H..."


Or more specifically, they claimed to be given universal revelation binding on the whole church, rather than private revelation. Some of the "revelations" were heretical (second marriage after a spouse died was sinful, martyrdom was not just good but essentially a duty to be sought) and some were just strange (the exact length of veils to be worn by women).


Mariangel | 584 comments John wrote: "second marriage after a spouse died was sinful,"

Isn't a second marriage after a spouse dies still discouraged by the Orthodox Church, and if it happens it is celebrated in a penitential rather than celebratory way?


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Fonch | 1445 comments Mariangel wrote: "John wrote: "second marriage after a spouse died was sinful,"

Isn't a second marriage after a spouse dies still discouraged by the Orthodox Church, and if it happens it is celebrated in a penitent..."

Interesting i had not idea of this thing.


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