February 24th, 2013
[doe''-suh-tiz''-um] (Greek dokeo, “to seem”)
Early Christian heresy heavily influenced by Gnosticism that affirmed Christ as God, but not man. Because of their dualistic philosophy (i.e., spiritual is good, physical is evil), docetism promoted that Christ could not have been truly man, for that would mean that he was physical, and hence, evil. Therefore, it only “seemed” that Christ was man. It would seem that a seed form of this heresy existed in the first century and may be evidenced in the epistle of 1 John (1:1-4).