Irenaeus

Iraneus
Born: 130 AD, Smyrna, Turkey
Died: 202 AD, Lugdunum, France

. Referred to as Saint Irenaeus who was a Christian Apologist

. The central point of Irenaeus’ theology is the unity and the goodness of God

. Irenaeus repeatedly insists that God began the world and has been overseeing it ever since this creative act; everything that has happened is part of his plan for humanity. The essence of this plan is a process of maturation: Irenaeus believes that humanity was created immature, and God intended his creatures to take a long time to grow into or assume the divine likeness. Thus, Adam and Eve were created as children. Their fall was thus not a full-blown rebellion but rather a childish spat, a desire to grow up before their time and have everything with immediacy

. According to Irenaeus, the high point in salvation history is the advent of Jesus. Irenaeus believed that Christ would always have been sent, even if humanity had never sinned; but the fact that they did sin determines his role as a saviour. He sees Christ as the new Adam

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