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As early as the mid-second century, Justin Martyr identified "some who declare that Jesus Christ did not come in flesh but only as spirit." Serapion of Antioch first called such teachers "docetists" about 200 A.D. Other opponents of Docetism included Polycarp, Irenaeus, and Tertullian. Docetism was contradicted by the Council of Chalcedon (451). 

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