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Priscillian/Priscillianists
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Priscillian was of noble descent. From 370 ce, he led a devotional movement that spread rapidly in Spain and southern Gaul, advocating asceticism (stricter fasting, poverty, celibacy), charisma (Spirit/Holy Spirit), and intensive private study of the Bible and the Apocrypha as the true form of Christianity for clergy and laity. The Priscillianists were soon suspected of Gnostic/Manichaean heresy (Gnosis, Manichaeism), also of superstition and magic. At the Synod of Saragossa (380), sharp criti-cism of Priscillian apparently led to no formal condemnat…

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Löhr, Winrich A. , “Priscillian/Priscillianists”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024687>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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