Marcion's Christology was Docetist
, with Christ defined as an emissary of the Father.
life of the Trinity after the early traumas of the Arian, Docetist
Gnostic texts from Nag Hammadi invest him with the mind of a docetist
, and in the Preaching of Peter, perhaps known to Ignatius (Smyrn.
45) See for example the commentary by Schoedel, Ignatius of Antioch, who reviews the debate as to whether Ignatius is fighting on one front (a Jewish-Docetist
hybrid) or two (distinct Jewish and Docetist
81), for Cyril has been represented as an Apollinarist and docetist
too readily by modern as well as ancient critics.
If modern-day Docetists
, Arians, and Nestorians are in our pews, they probably won't do much harm to themselves or others, and they might still lead fruitful lives.
The desire to sanitize a Jesus who gets dirty with humanity is a phenomenon that well-meaning believers have always fallen into, beginning with the Gnostic Docetists
in the 1st C.
51) Christ really suffered (contra the docetists
, who claimed he only appeared to do so).
The orthodox tradition has persistently insisted, against gnostics and Docetists
in every epoch, that Christ's fleshly humanity was real and not merely a mask.