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58 Rudolph (Gnosis, p. 287) speaks of 'Sprengkraft'. 30 Anti-Gnostic Polemics suggest that socially Irenaeus subvers ive theologically whole so. church perceived in the addit ion, gnostic of movement course, to as being Celsus on the other hand, who saw the as a social danger, only extended to it the accusation that Irenaeus reserved for the Gnostics. Why then did Irenaeus attack almos t exclusively the dualistic aspect of Gnosticism? He says little against its emanat ionist scheme, wh ich he also describes .

S imilar to early generally been ' restorative 1 13f Christian eschatology p characterized or as as 1 'conservative , ' reactionary ' . or as It has also been declared archaic on the basis of formal similarities with early Christian expectations. Montanist and movement, prophecy was But archaizing or not, the in reviving the the express ion original of a expectation struggle for l^F. Wisse suggests that Irenaeus1 s silence may be expia ined by the fact that Justin's Syntagma (before 147 ) or a reworking of it, which he follows, was silent about Montanism.

Dualism will thus become the target of his attack. I renaeus, making a case for the unity wh i ch is truth and which lies in the Church goes through all the forms of dualism, rejecting each one. , divin 1 First of all, he attacks the which the split we between may God call and wh ich is the central poi nt of his attack. theological the demiurge, He also attacks the divis ion between the good God and the just God and the d i vi s ion of the doctrine of Aeons. divine in the Plerorna expressed the 'Such divisions cannot be ascribed to God ' ( II.

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