"Gnosis" means "knowledge"-- not simply the number of facts held in one's head, but a conjunction of knowledge with wisdom and perspective that culminates in spiritual insight.
"Gnosticism" is, specifically, a category derived to express the emphasis of "Gnosis" in the belief system held by any one of a number of inter-related, spiritual traditions of the Late Antiquities.
We will examine and discuss the history and nature of traditional Gnostics and many other related religious systems, including Manicheism, the Mandeans, the Cathars, Bogomils, Paulicians, Merkabah and Classical Hermeticism.
(The pic represents the Female Spiritual Principle offering fruit of the Tree of Knowledge to the first woman for the salvation of mankind, as portrayed in The Hypostasis of the Archons.)
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