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 Irenaeus of Lyons (d. 202 AD) - ReligionFacts
Irenaeus had probably then been a presbyter of the church at Lyons for several years, since immediately after his return he was chosen bishop, to succeed Pothinus, who had perished in the persecution.
Irenaeus was the first Christian writer to list the four canonical Gospels as divinely inspired, possibly in reaction to Marcion's edited version of the Gospel of Luke, which he asserted was the one and only true gospel.
Irenaeus uses the Logos theology he inherited from Justin Martyr, but prefers to speak of the Son and the Spirit as the "hands of God." Christ, for him, is the invisible Father made visible.
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Irenaeus’ task, then, was to refute the Gnostic doctrine, arguing for the unity of God and the unity of the old and new revelation.
Irenaeus argues that Jesus, far from casting aside the law of the Old Testament (as the Gnostics claim), was actually extending the force of the Law.
Irenaeus gives as examples of this new freedom: the adoption as sons (AH 4.13.2), the giving of the Spirit (Proof 89, 90), the giving of the Abrahamic promise to the Gentiles (Proof 91-95), and not insignificantly, the end of the law as a school-master.
www.fpcjackson.org /resources/church_history/irenaus.htm   (2851 words)

 Irenaeus - LoveToKnow 1911   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
IRENAEUS, bishop of Lyons at the end of the 2nd century, was one of the most distinguished theologians of the anteNicene Church.
The foundation upon which Irenaeus bases his system consists in the episcopate, the canon of the Old and New Testaments, and the rule of faith.
This exposition by Irenaeus of the divine economy and the incarnation was taken as a criterion by later theologians, especially in the Greek Church (cf.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Irenaeus   (1359 words)

 Irenaeus of Lyons - OrthodoxWiki
Irenaeus cites from most of the New Testament canon, as well as works from the Apostolic Fathers, I Clement and the Shepherd of Hermas, however he makes no references to Philemon, II Peter, III John and Jude, which isn't surprising, since the canon of the Holy Scriptures had not yet been set.
Irenaeus was the first Christian writer to list all four and exactly four of the canonical Gospels as divinely inspired, possibly in reaction to Marcion's edited version of Luke, which Marcion asserted was the one and only true gospel.
Irenaeus is the first to draw comparisons between Eve and the Theotokos, contrasting the faithlessness of the former with the faithfulness of the latter.
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During the persecution of Marcus Aurelius, Irenaeus was a priest of the Church of Lyons.
In 190 or 191 he interceded with Pope Victor to lift the sentence of excommunication laid by that pontiff upon the Christian communities of Asia Minor which persevered in the practice of the Quartodecimans in regard to the celebration of Easter.
Irenaeus wrote in Greek many works which have secured for him an exceptional place in Christian literature, because in controverted religious questions of capital importance they exhibit the testimony of a contemporary of the heroic age of the Church, of one who had heard St.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/08130b.htm   (823 words)

Irenaeus' final appearance on the level of the universal Church took place during the second phase of the controversy over the date of the celebration of the Christian feast of Easter.
Irenaeus, according to the Pope, understood that it was necessary to stop at the "why" and apply it to the History of Salvation (ibid.).
What Irenaeus did in "a new and sound synthesis", ought to be continued by exegetes and theologians today thanks to a better knowledge of the texts and documents of Tradition and keeping in mind the needs of their contemporaries.
www.ewtn.com /library/Theology/IRENAEUS.HTM   (5627 words)

 The Development of the Canon of the New Testament - Irenaeus
Irenaeus adopted a totally negative and unresponsive attitude, however, toward Marcion, a schismatic leader in Rome, and toward the Valentinians, a fashionable intellectual Gnostic movement in the rapidly expanding church that espoused dualism.
Irenaeus was especially insistent that there are exactly 4 Gospels, and used numerological arguments surrounding the number 4, such as the 4 covenants, for support.
Irenaeus goes on to compare them to the Gospels according to John, Luke, Matthew, and Mark respectively.
www.ntcanon.org /Irenaeus.shtml   (1878 words)

 Irenaeus of Lyons (c. 115 - c. 202)
Irenaeus was born in Smyrna in Asia Minor, where he studied under bishop Polycarp, who in turn had been a disciple of Apostle John.
Smulders, "A Quotation of Philo in Irenaeus," Vigiliae Christianae 12 (1958): 154-156.
Exemplified by Irenaeus, Tertullian, and Clement of Alexandria.
www.earlychurch.org.uk /irenaeus.php   (1760 words)

 Synoptic Gospels Primer - Glossary: Irenaeus
The only thing in Irenaeus' statement that would lead someone to infer the chronological priority of Matthew is his attempt to link the canonical gospels with the activity of Peter and Paul.
Irenaeus was, after all, eager to draw direct links between the doctrinal authorities of Catholic Christianity and the apostolic generation.
So Irenaeus would naturally infer that a gospel with an apostolic name must come from the era that apostles were still active.
virtualreligion.net /primer/irenaeus.html   (685 words)

 Irenaeus and the Formulation of Orthodox   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Irenaeus summarily rejects this theology which, by the way, appears to have originated with Paul, in favor of the concept that the Son/ Logos/ Christ who always existed with the Father descended to earth, was born of a virgin, died, was resurrected and ascended to heaven in order to redeem mankind.
Irenaeus does not answer satisfactorily, except to say that the function of Christ was to reveal the Father, to redeem mankind, and that the Son is the "hand" of God (a self- conscious hand?).
Irenaeus may have chosen Rome as the model of "original" Christianity because he already knew that both Marcion and Valentinus had clashed with the church authorities in Rome between 140 and 160 A. The bishop of Rome at that time may have been sympathetic to the cause of the new orthodox movement, bolstered by Irenaeus.
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 Irenaeus, Jesus living to an old age
In that debate, Bud brought up the issue of Irenaeus' claims regarding the age of Jesus, and in the context of the debate, this was done for the sole purpose of showing both Irenaeus and "tradition" in general to be of dubious reliability.
Irenaeus then (2:22:5) restates the Gnostic claim that Jesus died in his thirtieth year, and he complains against this claim that it robs the Savior "of that age which is both more necessary and more honourable than any other".
Irenaeus never claimed that Jesus lived to have been fifty, and that his error regarding the age of Jesus has no bearing whatever on the validity of tradition, as it is to be accounted for with reference to Irenaeus' dominant theological motif, and the particular persons and claims he was trying to rebut.
www.tektonics.org /guest/irey50.html   (4394 words)

 St. Irenaeus
The writings of Irenaeus give him an honored place among the Fathers of the Church for they laid the foundations of Christian theology and, by refuting the errors of the Gnostics,[1] kept the youthful Catholic faith from the danger of corruption by the subtle, pessimistic doctrines of these philosophers.
Irenaeus was born, probably about the year 125, in one of the maritime provinces of Asia Minor, where the memory of the Apostles was still cherished and where Christians were already numerous.
Irenaeus states the theory, develops it to a logical conclusion, and then by an effective demonstrates its fallacy.
www.ewtn.com /library/MARY/IRENAEUS.htm   (1551 words)

 Catholic Culture : Liturgical Year : June 28, 2006 : Irenaeus
Irenaeus succeeded him as bishop and twenty-five years later was martyred in his turn during a fresh persecution.
Saint Irenaeus was born in the year 120; he was of the Greek tongue, and probably a native of Asia Minor.
After Irenaeus had spent a number of years in combat against the eastern gnostics and philosophers of error, Saint Polycarp determined to send him to Gaul, where many of the heretics of Asia Minor had already migrated to pursue the Catholic religion, which was beginning to find roots there.
www.catholicculture.org /lit/calendar/day.cfm?date=2006-06-28   (1032 words)

 Glimpses bulletin #52: Irenaeus, John's spiritual grandson
It was Irenaeus who probably wrote the moving account of the martyrs of Lyons and Vienne, including the remarkable story of Blandina.
Irenaeus countered by saying the truth of Scripture was authenticated by the churches established by the apostles.
The tradition of interpreting the Scriptures in the churches established by the apostles was the norm for interpreting Scriptures and determining the apostolic faith.
chi.gospelcom.net /GLIMPSEF/Glimpses/glmps052.shtml   (1011 words)

 St. Irenaeus of Lyons | Biography and Writings of Saint Irenaeus -Welcome to The Crossroads Initiative
Irenaeus was one of the most important Early Church Fathers of the 2nd century AD.
Irenaeus was bishop of Lyons, in Southern France, though he appears to have grown up in Smyrna, in modern-day Turkey.
Saint Irenaeus is said to have won the crown of martyrdom around the year 200 AD.
www.crossroadsinitiative.com /library_author/29/St._Irenaeus_of_Lyons.html   (376 words)

 Fingerprints of Satan: Irenaeus and "A Multitude of Gnostics" by Shane Rosenthal
In short, Irenaeus seems to be arguing that in these sects, the orthodox faith "once and for all delivered to the saints" has not merely been modified, but has been replaced with its exact opposite.
Irenaeus also accounts for us how some taught that God "in ignorance formed those powers which are inferior to himself ­­ angels, and firmaments, and all things earthly" (1.29.4).
Indeed was Irenaeus correct, "simply to exhibit their sentiments, is to obtain a victory over them." Perhaps the Gnostics cherished secrecy because they knew if their demonic doctrines were set forth in the light of day, they would be exposed for what they really were (see John 3:19-20).
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 Saint Irenaeus Bio
The precise year of the birth of Irenaeus is unknown although it is presumed that this father of the Catholic Church was born at Smyrna in the year 130 AD.
In his youth, Irenaeus was strongly influenced by St. Polycarp*, whose teachings he treasured "not on paper but in my heart, for the things we learnt in childhood are part of our soul." Irenaeus studied in Rome and then became a priest of Lyons, the principal bishopric of Gaul.
Irenaeus returned to Lyons in 178 AD and was appointed bishop after Pothinus had been killed in the persecution.
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Irenaeus, bishop of Lyons at the end of the 2nd century, was one of the most distinguished theologians of the ante-Nicene Church.
The chief work of Irenaeus, written about 180, is his "Refutation and Overthrow of Gnosis, falsely so called" (usually indicated by the name Against the Heresies).
Until modern times whatever other writings and letters of Irenaeus are mentioned by Eusebius appeared to be lost, with the exception of a fragment here or there.
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 The Ecole Glossary   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Irenaeus (c 130-202 CE) was the most important theologian of the second century.
Pothinus was martyred under the persecutions of Marcus Aurelius in 177 while Irenaeus was away in Rome.
Irenaeus was the first person to develop an Old Testament and New Testament that worked together.
www2.evansville.edu /ecoleweb/glossary/irenaeus.html   (194 words)

 Irenaeus: Proof of the Apostolic Preaching (1920) pp. 1-23. Introduction.
What Irenaeus undertakes in the present work is to set out the main points of this Apostolic message, which, as he has explained in his greater work (III, iii.
Though several parallels between Justin and Irenaeus might be explained by the hypothesis of their both having used a book of "Testimonies against the Jews," such a solution could hardly be advanced in this case; for the statement in question would not be likely to occur in such a book.
The advantage to be gained by the recognition of the dependence of Irenaeus upon Justin may be illustrated from c.
www.tertullian.org /fathers/irenaeus_01_proof_intro.htm   (5836 words)

 On the Roman Supremacy: The Witness of Irenaeus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons in France, was born in Asia Minor around 132 AD, went west to Lyons sometime before 177, and died around 203 AD.
Irenaeus is often claimed by Roman Catholic controversialists as an early witness for the supreme teaching and ruling authority of the Church of Rome.
Irenaeus' plain point is that bishops and presbyters are kept true to the faith they have received from the Apostles not only by continuity with their predecessors, but also by the continual cross-fertilization and cross-checking provided by the network of travel and correspondence among congregations.
elvis.rowan.edu /~kilroy/CHRISTIA/library/irenaeus.html   (2788 words)

 Patres - Volume 10, Issue 2
Irenaeus was obviously a witty chap and included in his explanation of this heresy is his own attempt at Gnostic exegesis.
Irenaeus, the disciple of Polycarp (the disciple of John), explained that the heresies of Cerinthus were a primary target of John's Gospel.
A story had been passed on to Irenaeus about how John had entered a bath-house with his disciples, but when seeing that Cerinthus was already inside, "rushed out of the bath-house without bathing, exclaiming, `Let us fly, lest even the bath-house fall down, because Cerinthus, the enemy of the truth, is within'" (3.4:4).
www.credenda.org /issues/10-2patres.php   (876 words)

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