OF THIS AGE (c. 138 A.D.)
Marcion's predecessor, kept on claiming he was Catholic but kept on
teaching heretical doctrines in secret. Cerdon's teachings
resemble that of Simon which states that God the Father was not the
Father of Jesus Christ.
and Pontus succeeded Cerdon. Marcion taught that there were
two gods; one good and one evil. The good god was the superior
god; while the cruel, evil god, was the creator of the
Gnosticism never spread among the masses, being confined to the
elite, like philosophers and speculative thinkers. Marcion's
heresy encompassed multitudes from all classes. It is the
popularity of Marcion's heresy that made it dangerous to the
Church. Marcion believed only in the teachings of St. Paul and
yet perverted it.
another heretic, was skilled in magic. His group had unholy
initiations baptizing "in the name of the unkown father of the
universe and. . .the mother of all things."