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Guilt by Association: Heresy Catalogues in Early Christianity

Geoffrey S. Smith


This book explores the creation, publication, and circulation of heresy catalogues by second- and early third-century Christians. Polemicists made use of these religious blacklists, which include the names of heretical teachers along with summaries of their unsavory doctrines and nefarious misdeeds, to discredit opponents and advocate their expulsion from the “authentic” Christianity community. The heresy catalogue proved to be an especially effective literary technology in struggles for religious authority and legitimacy because it not only recast rival teachers as menacing adversaries but al ... More

Keywords: Pastoral Epistles, church fathers, orthodoxy and heresy, Gnosticism, Valentiniansim, church history, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199386789
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199386789.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey S. Smith, author
University of Texas at Austin