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Five Books of St. Irenaeus against Heresies

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Open a window onto the Gnostic controversy facing the church in the second century with one of the only surviving sources on the subject. This, the most important work of St. Irenaeus, examines and refutes the Gnostic teachings, providing a valuable description of Gnosticism as well as an important Christian theological work.

Bishop of Lyon and a disciple of Polycarp, Irenaeus wrote Against Heresies in order to “shortly and clearly set forth the meaning of those who are now teaching amiss, I mean of Ptolemy and his partisans, which school is a kind of efflorescence from that of Valentinus . . . showing how monstrous their assertions are, and how inconsistent with the Truth.” This five-volume work is an important piece of patristic writing for anyone studying church history, Gnosticism, and the development of Christian theology. This edition, part of the Library of Fathers of the Holy Catholic Church, was translated by English priest and poet, John Keble.

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Looking for more on St. Irenaeus? Check out Life and Works of St. Irenaeus of Lyons (5 vols.), which includes an alternate translation of Against Heresies.

  • Presents all five books of Irenaeus’ Against Heresies in English translation
  • Provides one of the only surviving sources on Gnosticism
  • Analyzes and refutes Gnostic teachings with orthodox Christian doctrine
  • Title: Five Books of St. Irenaeus against Heresies
  • Author: Irenaeus of Lyon
  • Translator: John Keble
  • Series: A Library of Fathers of the Holy Catholic Church
  • Publisher: James Parker & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1872
  • Pages: 618
  • Christian Group: Anglican, Orthodox, Catholic
  • Topic: Theology

Irenaeus of Lyons (AD 130–202) was bishop of Lyon in Gaul. He was an early Church Father and apologist. His work played a key role in forming Christian theology. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Irenaeus was born into a Christian family. He was a priest at Lyon and became bishop after Pothinus was martyred. He is recognized as a Saint by both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches.

About John Keble

John Keble (1792–1866) was an English poet and minister, and one of the early leaders of the Oxford Movement. He also published several books of poems and hymns, most famously The Christian Year. He also produced an edition of the works of Richard Hooker.