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Husks and Ashes

J. Campbell White writes: Most men are not satisfied with the permanent output of their lives. Nothing can wholly satisfy the life of Christ within his followers except the adoption of Christ’s purpose toward the world he came to redeem. … Continue reading

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Gnosticism – 5b. The Origins of Gnosticism

5b. The origins of Gnosticism.   [From the previous post: No one has yet shown, however, that the Gnostic Redeemer existed before Christian times… what fertile soil the Early Church provided for Gnostic teaching…] The Hermetic lit., some of which … Continue reading

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Gnosticism – 5a. The Origins of Gnosticism

5a. The origins of Gnosticism.   Continental scholars have often argued that Gnosticism is of pre-Christian origin, the figure of a cosmic redeemer being taken over from Eastern, specifically Iranian, sources, which are also the prime source of its dualism. … Continue reading

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Gnosticism – 4c. The revision of Christian theology

Sin and salvation. Evil is associated with matter, ignorance, formlessness, distortion. Consequently salvation is to slough off defilement rather than to receive forgiveness for offenses. Salvation comes as illumination dispelling ignorance, triumphing over the material. The Gospel is principally a … Continue reading

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Gnosticism – 4b. The revision of Christian theology

Nature of authority. The Ptolemy already mentioned tells his correspondent, “You will learn the order and the begetting of all these [aeons] if you are deemed worthy of knowing the apostolic tradition which we have received from a succession, together … Continue reading

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Gnosticism – 4a. The revision of Christian theology

The doctrine of God. God is conceived as remote from all the material creation. The gap between is filled by a hierarchy of intermediary beings, in a descending order of magnitude. These are aeons, usually linked in pairs or syzygies … Continue reading

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