Monday, December 15, 2014

ANF 5: Hippolytus V.XV-XXIII

Ante-Nicene Fathers Volume 5

HippolytusThe Refutation of All Heresies

The problem with some of these heretics is that when they draw on Scripture, they often over-allegorize in order to bring in ideas stolen from worldly philosophers. This can even include principles of natural law and theories of physics.
In this manner... they corrupt their pupils, partly by misusing the words spoken... while they wickedly pervert, to serve any purpose they wish, what has been admirably said (in Scripture).
Hippolytus goes over a particular heretic (according to the note otherwise unknown) named "Justinus" who wraps pagan thought--especially drawn from Heredotus and the myths--in Biblical language. Many heresies are derived from Justinus, who may very well have been the source of many of the heresies that followed--heresies which Hippolytus will review in the following books.

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