Irenaeus on Theology and Christology 3

For consider, all you who invent such opinions, since the Father Himself is alone called God, who has a real existence, but whom you style the Demiurge; since, moreover, the Scriptures acknowledge Him alone as God; and yet again, since the Lord confesses Him alone as His own Father, and knows no other (Irenaeus, Against Heresies, 2.28.4)

Notice what Irenaeus says here, it is the Father alone (not the Father and the Son, not the Trinity) that has real existance, and who is truely “God.” This argument is against the Gnostics who argued that the Father, or God, the God of Israel, was a Demiurge.

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