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Fragment number Vinzent 1
Klostermann 65
Rettb. 59
Ancient source used Eusebius, Against Marcellus 1.4.
Modern edition M. Vinzent, Markell von Ankyra: Die Fragmente (Leiden, 1997).

Now I will begin with the letter that he wrote and refute each point of false teaching. He wrote that he believes in the Father, the Almighty God, and in his Son, the only-begotten God, our Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, he says that he learned this manner of godliness from the Divine Scriptures. And when he says this, I accept what he says entirely, for this manner of godliness of believing in the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit is common to all of us. But when he, paying no attention to the divine power, says to us through some artful speculation that in a rather human way the Father is father and the Son son in a rather human way, it is no longer safe to commend such speculation. For it happens that the heresy they have now concocted increases through such speculation. I intend to clearly and easily show this from his words. For he said, “The Father must truly be considered a father, and the Son a son, and the Holy Spirit likewise.”

Translated by Daniel Noonan under the supervision of Prof. Glen L. Thompson, revised AMJ

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