Irenaeus of Lyons

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Irenaeus (Active AD 175 - 195) was a student of Polycarp of Smyrna and was born into a Christian family in the early 2nd Century in Asia Minor. He moved to Lyons in France as a young man where Christians from Asia Minor had already planted churches. After persecution took the life of the Bishop of Lyons in 177, Irenaeus was elected in his place. His lengthy refutation of Gnosticism marks him out as one of the most significant 2nd Century Church Fathers.