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AEON

A long period of time. In Gnosticicsm it was one of the spiritual beings evolved from the Divine Being by emanation and constituting the pleroma (plenitude) or invisible world as distinct from the kenoma chaotic world), which is material and visible. Familiar term for Christ among some early heresies of Gnostic origin. (Etym. Greek ai_n, age.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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