Saint Irenaeus


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Noun1.Saint Irenaeus - Greek theologian who was bishop of Lyons and an antiheretical writer; a saint and Doctor of the Church (circa 130-200)
Church of Rome, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church, Roman Catholic - the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
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Saint Irenaeus [2nd century] wrote: "When he became incarnate and was made man, he commenced afresh the long line of human beings, and furnished us, in a brief, comprehensive manner, with salvation; so that what we had lost in Adam - namely, to be according to the image and likeness of God - we might recover in Christ Jesus."
Saint Irenaeus is oft-quoted with his evocative dictum that "the glory of God is human beings fully alive" (Adversus Haereses IV.20.7).
Saint Irenaeus once shared the remarkable insight, "The glory of God is the human person fully alive." Martin Ramirez's journey to full and abundant life was perhaps as long and arduous as the meandering trains he depicted wandering the desert.
And so, as Saint Irenaeus explains, the Churches founded in Germany or in Spain believe and teach no differently from the Churches founded in the East or in the central parts of the world[4].