Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Menander Was A Samaritan Likewise, And A Disciple Of Simon Magus

2. Menander was a Samaritan likewise, and a disciple of Simon Magus ; he made his appearance in the year of our Lord 73. He announced himself a messenger from the " Unknown Power," for the salvation of mankind. No one, according to him, could be saved, unless he was baptized in his name, and his baptism, he said, was the true resurrection, so that his disciples would enjoy immortality even in this life (6). Cardinal Orsi adds, that Menander was the first who invented the doctrine of "Eons," and that he taught that Jesus Christ exercised human functions in appearance alone.

(6) Fleury, loc. cit. n. 42 ; N. Alex.

The History of Heresies and Their Refutation by Alphonsus M Liguori.

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