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From a Biblical perspective, I don't understand why one should be incredulous about Irenaeus' claims. Jesus said He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do [John 14:12]. The Synaxaria tell of other Christian saints who were granted the gift of raising the dead. These include: Eudokia the ...


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Yes, there is no doubt that Irenaeus was speaking of some raising the dead in his own time. The following extract contains the words by Irenaeus that appear to be cited by Eusebius and criticised by Gibbon. Irenaeus is comparing the powerlessness of his opponents to perform miracles with what the Christian brotherhood is capable of performing. After ...


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Christians from both sides of the continuation of spiritual gifts debate understand Irenaeus's quote here more charitably than Gibbon, and do not see it as evidence that people were being raised from the dead in the late 2nd century. I'll refer to the writings of cessationist B. B. Warfield and charismatic Ronald A. N. Kydd. Warfield addresses Gibbon ...



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