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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


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(from ἀγνοέω , to be ignorant of), a sect which appeared about A.D. 370, adopting the opinions of Theophronius of Cappadocia. They questioned the omniscience of God, alleging that He knew things past only by memory, and things future only by uncertain prescience. Ecclesiastical historians mention another sect, which in the sixth century followed Themistius, deacon of Alexandria. They maintained that Christ was ignorant of many things, and particularly of the day of judgment (see Colbe, Agnoetismus, Giess. 1654). Eulogius, patriarch of Alexandria. ascribes this opinion to certain solitaries in the neighborhood of Jerusalem, who cited, in vindication of their opinion, Mark 13:32 : "Of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father." Baronius, A.D. 535; Mosheim, Ch. Hist. cent. 6, pt. 2, ch, 5, § 9; Walch, Hist. der Ketzereien, 8, 644. (See THEMISTIANS).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Agnoetae'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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