Irenaeus: Against Heresies ~ Book 1

From: Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 1. Edited by Alexander Roberts



1. INASMUCH(1) as certain men have set the truth aside, and bring in lying words and vain genealogies, which, as the apostle says,(2) “minister questions rather than godly edifying which is in faith,” and by means of their craftily-constructed plausibilities draw away the minds of the inexperienced and take them captive, [I have felt constrained, my dear friend, to compose the following treatise in order to expose and counteract their machinations.] These men falsify the oracles of God, and prove themselves evil interpreters of the good word of revelation. They also overthrow the faith of many, by drawing them away, under a pretence of [superior] knowledge, from Him who rounded and adorned the universe; as if, forsooth, they had something more excellent and sublime to reveal, than that God who created the heaven and the earth, and all things that are therein. By means of specious and plausible words, they cunningly allure the simple-minded to inquire into their system; but they nevertheless clumsily destroy them, while they initiate them into their blasphemous and impious opinions respecting the Demiurge;(3) and these simple ones are unable, even in such a matter, to distinguish falsehood from truth.

2. Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced (ridiculous as the expression may seem) more true than the truth itself…..” read on at :

(Emphasis ours)


Oh the irony! 😀

Something to think about.. ‘The Myth of the Solitary Soul’

The Myth of the Solitary Soul

soul n. from Proto-Germanic saiwalō, meaning “coming from the sea, belonging to the sea,” because that was supposed to be a stopping place of the soul before birth and after death, according to F. Kluge’s Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache.1

What is the soul? We picture it as the disembodied, yet separate self. This self exists before the body and has rights to a body, according to pro-life theology. This self carries its baggage with it from body to body, according to reincarnation theology. In traditional Christian thought, this self is vulnerable to pain after death. But have we projected earth onto heaven, by creating the soul as another ‘body’, extending separation into eternity? If our true Self is One with humanity, the division into many bodies is an illusion. The individual soul compounds that illusion into our spiritual reality. Perhaps the body and the soul aren’t one or two, but are zero. Perhaps the lonely soul doesn’t exist – in the after-life, before-life or beside-life of the equally illusory body.”

Cont’d at the link