scholar_vit (scholar_vit) wrote,


The Valentinians embraced a complex, and almost incoherent system. 1. Both Christ and Jesus were aeons, though of defferent degrees; the one acting as the rational soul, the other as the divine spirit of the Savior. 2. At the time of the passion, they both retired, and left only a sensitive soul and a humand body. 3. Even that body was aethereal, and perhaps apparent. - Such are the laborious conclusions of Mosheim. But I much doubt whether the Latin translator understood Irenaeus, and whether Irenaeus and the Valentinians understood themselves.

Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 4, Chapter XLVII, Footnote 15
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