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Vincent of Lérins
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Vincent of Lérins (c. 390–450 CE) was one of the leaders in the Gallic opposition to the concept of Augustinian predestination. After his death, he came to be known primarily for his concise definition of how to distinguish orthodoxy from heresy.

Early Life

Vincentius, or Vincent, was born to a well-to-do family of Toul in northern Gaul in the late 4th century CE. He and his brother Lupus received the standard…

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Mathisen, Ralph W., “Vincent of Lérins”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 19 April 2019 <>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180921

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