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AN INQUIRY INTO THE HERESIES, OF
THE APOSTOLIC AGE,
THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD,
IN THE YEAR MDCCCXXIX.
THE REV. JOHN BAMPTON, M. A.
CANON OF SALISBURY.
THE REV. EDWARD BURTON, D.D.
REGIUS PROFESSOR OF DIVINITY AND CANON OF CHRIST CHURCH.
PRINTED BY SAMUEL COLLINGWOOD, PRINTER TO THE UNIVERSITY,
FOR THE AUTHOR.
SOLD BY J. PARKER; AND BY C. AND J. RIVINGTON, LONDON,
Means of ascertaining the doctrines of the early heretics.
Necessity and utility of consulting the Fathers. The early here.
tics were Gnostics. Outline of the Gnostic philosophy. It has
been traced to three sources. Examination of two of them, the
Eastern doctrine of two Principles, and the Jewish Cabbala.
Col. ii. 8.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit,
after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and
not after Christ. -
Examination of the third and principal source, the Platonic
eclectic philosophy and of Gnosticism. Peculiar use of the term
Simon Magus the parent of Gnostic heresies. His history.
Tertullian mistaken concerning Elements. Opinion of the
Fatal effect of their licentiousness upon Chris-
Opinions of the Gnostics concerning Jesus Christ. Docetæ.
Gospel of St. John. That apostle accused of corrupting the