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(c. 150 – c. 210), a painter by profession, was a Christian teacher in Syria (Antioch?), later in Carthage. The most important sources for his writings, which have been lost, are Tertullian Adversus Hermogenem and Hippolytus Refutatio omnium haeresium VIII 17. Influenced by Middle Platonism, Hermogenes taught that the world was created from eternal matter (citing Gen 1:1f.) and sought to defend the unity and goodness of God. For him evil was associated with matter. Other notions resemble Gnostic ideas (Gnosis/Gosticism). He distinguished between the mortal so…

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May, Gerhard, “Hermogenes”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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