Since I have just posted my article on “Cerinthus” for the online Critical Dictionary of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements, I would like to re-post and update some of my older blog posts on a few of the Christian “heretics” in the early Patristic period. These individuals will include Ebion (i.e. the fictional founder of the Ebionites), Cerinthus, Carpocrates, and Marcion. I will include some of my latest research on these figures that will be included in future publications.
The Critical Dictionary of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements provides “independent, scholarly, open-access information about apocalyptic and millenarian movements.” It covers a variety of apocalyptic movements in different religious traditions in different times and places. The first handful of articles have now been posted online, but there are plenty that are still to come. If you are interested, I have written the piece of an early Christian teacher named Cerinthus and the debate over whether he was a demiurgical or a millenarian thinker or both. Here is how you can cite the article: Michael Kok. “Cerinthus.” In James Crossley and Alastair Lockhart (eds.) Critical Dictionary of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements. 15 January 2021. Retrieved from www.cdamm.org/articles/cerinthus.