(probably from Gk. dokein, appear, seem). Ancient and modern view that Christ had no real but only an apparent body and that He therefore did not really suffer but only apparently; related to Gnosticism.* Among those assoc.; with Docetism: Apollinaris* of Laodicea. The name Docetae (Gk. doketai) occurs in Serapion of Antioch (Eusebius, HE, VI, xii, 6), Clement* of Alexandria (Stromata, III, xiii; VII, xvii), Hippolytus,* and Theodoret.* See also Albigenses; Apocrypha, C 3.
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