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[val-uh n-tahy-nuh s] /ˌvæl ənˈtaɪ nəs/
Valentine (def 2). Unabridged
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Egyptian religious philosopher, founder of Roman and Alexandrian schools of Gnosticism, a system of religious dualism (belief in rival deities of good and evil) with a doctrine of salvation by gnosis, or esoteric knowledge. Valentinian communities, founded by his disciples, provided the major challenge to 2nd- and 3rd-century Christian theology.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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