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Docetism
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The term “Docetism” (from Gk. dokeō, “seem”) includes a variety of meanings throughout the history of dogma, covering heretical (Heresies and Schisms) claims and doctrines about Christ (Christology). At the root of all of them lies the denial of the truth and reality of the material, earthly, and corporal existence of Christ, with the concurrent assumption that he lived among humans only in appearance, our perception of him being no more than a delusion of the senses.

The earliest reference to this concept is found in the letters of Ignatius of Antioch (d. ca. 107) to the churches o…

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Mühlenberg, Ekkehard, “Docetism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_D381>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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