Encratism


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Encratism

beliefs and practices of the Encratites, a 2nd-century Gnostic sect that renounced marriage and abstained from flesh and wine. — Encratist, n.
See also: Heresy
the practices of a 2nd-century sect that abstained from marriage, wine, and meat. — Encratite, n.
See also: Christianity
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While those representing "moderate encratism" (Tertullian, Cyprian, and Origen in the third century) argued that marriage was acceptable, they preserved aspects of encratism, namely the association of sexuality with sin and a Fall.
The 'Heresy' of Encratism and the History of Christianity in Eastern Syria,' paper delivered at the Annual Meeting of the SBL.
Encratism is seen as the normal form of Christianity in Syriac regions by Lloyd-Moffett 2003; see also Gero 1986, 287--307; Bengoechea Jove 1999, 267--281.