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The Acts of Peter is a Apocryphal book about the Apostle Peter after he moves to Rome. It seems to talk about Simon Magnus a good deal. I am interested as to whether that is one of the reasons it was discarded as to possibly be part of the New Testament. Were early church fathers afraid that people might rally behind Simon Magnus as someone to worship if they read the Acts of Peter?

  • I thought (according to the Acts of Peter) that St. Peter kicked Simon Magus' butt doing magic tricks, and that while Simon Magus was supposedly flying, St. Peter had God strike him down from the sky! Simon was then later stoned to death by some of the more enthusiastic of Peter's followers. – David P Dec 5 '17 at 20:42
  • There are countless pious, religious books, both Jewish and Christian, written about various Biblical characters. However, none of them is canonical, and the one you mention is no exception to the more general rule. – Lucian Nov 4 '19 at 5:36

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