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The Adamites (Adamians, Ἀδαμιανοί, Adamitae, Adamiani) were an ancient Christian sect first referred to by Epiphanius of Salamis in 374 CE. Its members allegedly identified their church with paradise as it was before the fall, calling themselves Adam and Eve, convening in the nude for their worship services, and considering sexuality to be the result of sin. The sect is known only from descriptions in heresiological collections. Yet, even if its precise nature a…

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Egmond, Peter van, “Adamites”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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