Simon Magus as Martin Luther / Friedrich Nietzsche / Ayn Rand /Aleister Crowley / Anton LaVey

In his Against the Heresies, St. Irenaeus writes of Simon Magus, a magician in the Book of Acts who attempts to purchase the power of the Holy Ghost from St. Peter. According to St. Irenaeus, Simon Magus taught a philosophy of “do what thou wilt” and freedom from law, disciplina, and doctrine arguing that his followers “should as free men do what they wish: for through his (Simon’s) grace are men saved, and not through righteous works…”

Sound familiar?

 

 

One thought on “Simon Magus as Martin Luther / Friedrich Nietzsche / Ayn Rand /Aleister Crowley / Anton LaVey

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s