REVIEWS Alain Le Boulluec, La notion d'hérésie dans la littérature grecque IIe-IIIe siècles, Tome I: De Justin à Irénée, Tome II: Clément d'Alexan- drie et Origène. Études Augustiniennes, Paris, 1985. 662 pp. What is heresy? What is its relation to orthodoxy and the ec- clesiastical tradition? What is the origin of this distinctively Christian notion and how did it develop? These are the questions that Alain Le Boulluec attempts to answer, impelled, as he tells us, by his discovery of the discordance between the image of the Gnostics presented by the Church Fathers and what we now know thanks to the remarkable finds at Nag Hammadi, and also by his reading of Michel Foucault's Histoire de la folie a l'âge classique. The result is a truly magisterial study, out- standing for its subtle and detailed treatment of the subject and above all for the limpid clarity of its analyses. It is hard to imagine that on its specific subject it will ever be superseded, even in the distant future. The study deals successively with four major thinkers and one lesser figure in the formative period of Patristic thought: Justin, Hegesippus, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Origen. Notable absentee in
Vigiliae Christianae – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1988
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