Refutation of All Heresies

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The Refutation of All Heresies or Philosophumena is a compendious Christian polemical work of the early third century, now generally attributed to Hippolytus of Rome. Most of it was recovered in 1842 in a manuscript at Mount Athos, but the complete text is not known. It catalogues both pagan beliefs and 33 gnostic Christian systems deemed heretical, making it a major source of information on contemporary opponents of Catholic orthodoxy.[1]

It is known also as the Philosophoumena (Greek: Φιλοσοφούμενα "philosophical teachings"). The traditional attribution was to Origen.


  1. ^ Kurt Rudolph, Gnosis: The Nature and History of Gnosticism (1983 English translation), p. 13.

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