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Docetism

(dōsēt`ĭzəm) [Gr.,=to appear], early heretical trend in Christian thought. Docetists claimed that Christ was a mere phantasm who only seemed to live and suffer. A similar tendency to deny Jesus' humanity appeared in the teachings of Simon Magus, Marcion, Gnosticism, and certain phases of monarchianism.
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The communities to which he writes, apart from Rome, seem to be facing serious doctrinal division, from Judaizers on one side to Docetists on the other.
In our self-congratulatory piety we become docetists, unable to see that following the Incarnate Christ ipso facto entails the necessity of thinking deeply about the God-ordained character of social life.
Or did he simply appear to be human, as the Docetists believed?
Early in the second Christian century, the Docetists (from the Greek dokein, "to appear to seem") were still reassuring their body-hating followers that the divine Word had merely pretended to be human.
As for the Pope's heresy, Manning identifies John Paul II with the second century Docetists, who argued that Jesus was a spirit having only the appearance of a body and therefore only seeming to suffer and die.
those criticized in 1 John are docetists who would distinguish the earthly Jesus from the heavenly Christ, whence the emphasis that Jesus Christ came by (dia) water and blood, i.