Archive for May, 2006

Return with me once again to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when men were men and they wrote men’s romance novels! Yes, back again to Dawn of Flame, as poor ol’ Hull Tarvish is caught in the toils of that beautiful and terrible woman warrior of the post-pandemic world, Black Margot of N’Orleans. Will the pure and gentle love of his sweet girl Vail be enough to save him?

No, it’s not “A Martian Odyssey”. Not by a long shot. But it does have its moments!

Chapter 8: Torture


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I'm really not going to an all-Fathers, all-the-time format. Really. I promise we're getting back to the normal mostly-fiction format. Soon.

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Irenaeus now brings up Marcus, a Gnostic teacher whose reported personal worship and evangelical practices lead one to believe he really wasn't all that opposed to flesh. Or money. Or using prestidigitation and hypnosis to bedazzle his marks. (His more theoretical ideas come next chapter.)

Chapter 13: Marcus' Practices.


UPDATE: Bad link fixed.

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Now we go from discussing a general summary of Gnosticism to a quick summary of individual Gnostic teachers' ideas. (Isn't Colorbasus a great name, btw? Sounds like a brand of paint.) This is pretty much the pattern of the book — from general to ever more specific issues, each then opposed with Christian arguments.

Chapters 11-12: Valentinus, Ptolemy, and Colorbasus' Ideas


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Against Heresies continues with arguments against these basic Gnostic ideas, including the unity of the Church.

Chs. 9-10: Refutation; Unity of the Church


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St. Irenaeus explains how Gnostics thought the world would end, and what their own fate would be. He also explains their favorite quoting techniques, as Against Heresies continues.

Chs. 7-8: The Gnostic Apocalypse; Their Quoting Techniques


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Against Heresies continues, as St. Irenaeus explains how it is that Gnostics thought that the Creation of the world was generally a mistake and a bad thing.

Chs. 4-6: Achamoth, the Demiurge, and the Threefold Man


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