Marcion
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Marcion,, * ca 85 (Pontus), † ca. 160 (place unknown)

Marcion was a shipowner and maritime merchant from Pontus (according to Epiphanius, Panarion, 42, 1, 3, from Sinope on the Black Sea coast) and the most successful Christian heretic of the 2nd century. He founded a counterchurch for which he claimed divine truth and catholicity against the emerging “great church”. The Marcionite community survived until the 3rd century in the West, the 4th century in most of the East, and for a still longer period in Syria. It was…

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May, Gerhard, “Marcion”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 19 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_227>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031



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