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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol III:
Tertullian: Part II: Tatian, Cataphrygians, Cataproclans, Catæschinetans.

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Chapter VII.—Tatian, Cataphrygians, Cataproclans, Catæschinetans.

To all these heretics is added one Tatian, a brother-heretic.  This man was Justin Martyr’s disciple.  After Justin’s death he began to cherish different opinions from his. For he wholly savours of Valentinus; adding this, that Adam cannot even attain salvation:  as if, when the branches become salvable, 8409 the root were not!

Other heretics swell the list who are called Cataphrygians, but their teaching is not uniform. For there are (of them) some who are called Cataproclans; 8410 there are others who are termed Catæschinetans. 8411 These have a blasphemy common, and a blasphemy not common, but peculiar and special.  The common blasphemy lies in their saying that the Holy Spirit was in the apostles indeed, the Paraclete was not; and in their saying that the Paraclete has spoken in Montanus more things than Christ brought forward into (the compass of) the Gospel, and not merely more, but likewise better and greater. But the particular one they who follow Æschines have; this, namely, whereby they add this, that they affirm Christ to be Himself Son and Father.



Salvi. Perhaps if it be questionable whether this word may be so rendered in a correct Latinist, it may be lawful to render it so in so incorrect a one as our present author.


i.e. followers of Proclus.


i.e. followers of Æschines. So this writer takes “Cataphryges” to mean followers of the Phrygians.”

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