The odium felt amongst them 6830 against the devil is the more excusable, 6831 even because the peculiarly sordid character of his origin justifies it. 6832 For he is supposed by them to have had his origin in that criminal excess 6833 of her 6834 sorrow, from which they also derive the birth of the angels, and demons, and all the wicked spirits. Yet they affirm that the devil is the work of the Demiurge, and they call him Munditenens 6835 (Ruler of the World), and maintain that, as he is of a spiritual nature, he has a better knowledge of the things above than the Demiurge, an animal being. He deserves from them the pre-eminence which all heresies provide him with.
Irenæus word is Κοσμοκράτωρ; see also Eph. vi. 12.
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