Chosen as bishop of Lugdunum, now Lyon, his best-known paintings is at the Detection and Overthrow of the So-Called Gnosis, frequently mentioned as Adversus Haereses, an assault on gnosticism, specifically that of Valentinus. To counter the doctrines of the gnostic sects claiming mystery knowledge, he provided 3 pillars of orthodoxy: the scriptures, the culture passed down from the apostles, and the educating of the apostles' successors. Intrinsic to his writing is that the top-quality resource of Christian information is the church of Rome, and he's the earliest surviving witness to acknowledge all 4 gospels as essential.
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