By A.D. 185 Pantanaeus was teaching at Alexandria. He was a converted Stoic philosopher and was a very able thinker. Clement was his pupil. He lectured on Christianity as the true philosophy. He aimed to enter the thought-world of the pagans to show the superiority of the catholic faith. His teaching asked the big questions of meaning (thus, was "gnostic"), but it also refined orthodox answers (and thus, "Christian Gnosticism").
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