Eight different "pagan source heresies" are mentioned, but none address the extremely ancient belief of God the Mother. To link the theology of Mary all the way back to Eve without ever mentioning this virtually global, and religiously fundamental, belief concept seems just a tad disingenuous.
Also worth mentioning that St Irenaeus was the student of the martyred Bishop of Smyrna Polycarp, who was the disciple of St John the Apostle.
>>The heretics being all unlearned and ignorant of God’s arrangements...<<
Sounds like they need to read a Bible. Then they won’t be ignorant. Jesus speaks of and addresses His mother many times in the bible. It gives you a pretty good feel for where she stands in the “pecking order”.
Hint: There is the triune God, and then there is everybody else.
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Yes. It was traditional to treat Jesus as the New Adam, and Mary as the New Eve.
In fact, even after the Reformation, Milton begins Paradise Regain’d with the promise that Jesus will rebuild the Paradise that Adam lost within the “waste wildernesse” through which he wanders for forty days and where he is tempted by Satan. And Mary plays a significant part in Milton’s poem.
It was also traditional to suggest that the tree from which the cross was made on which Jesus was crucified was descended from the Tree of Knowledge, from which Adam ate the Forbidden Fruit.
This explains it quite well.
Eve abstracted information from her environment making her - and us - human, like it or not.