HIPPOLYTUS REFUTATION OF ALL HERESIES PDF

Life[ edit ] Little is known for certain about his community of origin. One Victorian theory suggested that as a presbyter of the church at Rome under Pope Zephyrinus — AD , Hippolytus was distinguished for his learning and eloquence. It was at this time that Origen , then a young man, heard him preach. Hippolytus championed the Logos doctrine of the Greek apologists, most notably Justin Martyr , which distinguished the Father from the Logos "Word".

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It catalogues both pagan beliefs and 33 gnostic Christian systems deemed heretical , making it a major source of information on contemporary opponents of Catholic orthodoxy. The work was long attributed to the early Christian theologian Origen. Books II and III, however, have not been unearthed, and their contents remain the subject of conjecture [2] Book I offers a summary of the thought of various ancient Greek philosophers.

An outline of the philosophies of the Brahmins of India, Zamolxis of Thrace and the Celtic druids and also of the mythological poetry of Hesiod is given here.

Book IV details and seeks to refute the various beliefs and practices of various diviners and magicians, i. Hippolytus closes this book by explaining the connection he perceives between the Gnostic heresies of Valentinus and Simon Magus and certain ideas Hippolytus ascribes to Pythagoras, thus linking his discussion of Greek philosophy in Book I with his later arguments against Gnosticism.

Book V concerns itself with the Ophite heresies. Hippolytus in particular identifies the Naassenes , the Peratae , the Sethians , and the beliefs of the heretic Justinus. He sketches out their ideas, again affirming the source of their error to be the teaching of Pythagoras. These heresiarchs all held varying opinions on the God of the Old Testament , from Saturnilus, who Hippolytus states believed that "the God of the Jews is one of the angels", directly opposed by Christ, to Carpocrates who asserted that the Father was for the most part aloof from physical creation, which had been formed by his angels.

Who exactly the Docetae were is unclear, though Hippolytus seems to make a distinction between this group and others who considered Jesus to exist merely in appearance, the doctrine with to which the term " Docetism " is now affixed. In this particular error, Hippolytus implicates the now-canonised popes Zephyrinus and Callixtus I.

Sparrow Simpson, W. Lowther Clarke, trans. New York: MacMillan, , p. New York: MacMillan, , pp. New York: MacMillan, , footnote, p. Bibliography[ edit ] Miroslav Marcovich, ed.

Refutation of All Heresies, translated with an Introduction and notes by M.

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Refutation of All Heresies

It catalogues both pagan beliefs and 33 gnostic Christian systems deemed heretical , making it a major source of information on contemporary opponents of Catholic orthodoxy. The work was long attributed to the early Christian theologian Origen. Books II and III, however, have not been unearthed, and their contents remain the subject of conjecture [2] Book I offers a summary of the thought of various ancient Greek philosophers. An outline of the philosophies of the Brahmins of India, Zamolxis of Thrace and the Celtic druids and also of the mythological poetry of Hesiod is given here. Book IV details and seeks to refute the various beliefs and practices of various diviners and magicians, i. Hippolytus closes this book by explaining the connection he perceives between the Gnostic heresies of Valentinus and Simon Magus and certain ideas Hippolytus ascribes to Pythagoras, thus linking his discussion of Greek philosophy in Book I with his later arguments against Gnosticism. Book V concerns itself with the Ophite heresies.

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The following are the contents of the ninth book of the Refutation of all Heresies:- What the blasphemous folly is of Noetus, and that he devoted himself to the tenets of Heraclitus the Obscure, not to those of Christ. And how Callistus, intermingling the heresy of Cleomenes, the disciple of Noetus, with that of Theodotus, constructed another more novel heresy, and what sort the life of this heretic was. What was the recent arrival at Rome of the strange spirit Elchasai, and that there served as a concealment of his peculiar errors his apparent adhesion to the law, when in point of fact he devotes himself to the tenets of the Gnostics, or even of the astrologists, and to the arts of sorcery. What the customs of the Jews are, and how many diversities of opinion there are amongst them. A lengthened conflict, then, having been maintained concerning all heresies by us who, at all events, have not left any unrefuted, the greatest struggle now remains behind, viz. For it seems expedient that we, making an onslaught upon the opinion which constitutes the prime source of contemporaneous evils, should prove what are the originating principles of this opinion , in order that its offshoots, becoming a matter of general notoriety, may be made the object of universal scorn.

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