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In Support of “People Who Pray”

Daniel Caner

in Wandering, Begging Monks

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233249
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928503 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233249.003.0004
In Support of “People Who Pray”

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Around 377, the Messalian profile received its first detailed exposition as heretic when Bishop Epiphanius of Cyprus completed his Panarion, but the description of Epiphanius seems to have been just based on hearsays, and the origin of Messalian heresy truly puzzled him. And by 431, Messalinism had become regarded as one of the most tenacious and exasperating heresies in the eastern Roman Empire. Even the church officials at the Council of Ephesus condemned it and called it “the most noxious heresy in memory.” In response to this issue, the Council called for a systematic round-up in every province for an anathematization of the heresy, but Messalinism proved to be a recurring challenge as the Church continued to plan different agendas against Messalinism heretics.

Keywords: Church; Messalinism; Roman Empire; heresy

Chapter.  19830 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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