Albanenses

Albanenses a sect of the Cathari, which appeared toward the close of the eleventh century, and derived its name from Albania, where Dualism was quite prevalent; others say, from Albano, in Italy. They held the Gnostic and Manichnean doctrines of two principles, one good and the other evil. They denied the divinity of Jesus Christ, and rejected the account of his sufferings, death, resurrection, and ascension. They rejected the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead, affirmed that the general judgment was already passed, and that the torments of hell are the pains which men feel in this life. They denied man's free will, did not admit the doctrine of original sin, and held that man can impart the Holy Spirit to himself. — Mosheim, Ch. Hist. cent. 12, pt. 2, ch. 5, § 5; Gieseler, Ch. Hist. per. 3, § 87. SEE CATHARI.

 
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