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The haeresiologists of the early church call “Continentes” (Gk ἐγκρατῖται/engkratitai; Lat. continentes/encratitae; Eng. Encratites [continents]) some ascetics or groups living an ascetic life who are considered to be heretics because they demand from all Christians that they follow an ascetic way of life, particularly that they renounce marriage, the eating of certain foods (particularly flesh), and the consuming of intoxicating drinks (whereby “contine…

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Brennecke, Hanns Christof, “Continentes”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 27 May 2020 <>
First published online: 2020

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