11641Re: gnosticism and the end of time
- Nov 1 10:49 AM--- In email@example.com, "doubtfull_one"
> Hello, I was wondering if anyone is aware of any written gnostic
> texts that discuss in prophecy or otherwise mention the "end of
> If so, could you point me in the right direction to do the reading.Hello, Lincoln. Historical Gnostics generally were more concerned
with cosmogony and reunion with the Source than with
eschatology. "Resurrection" in a spiritual, not literally bodily
sense would come with Gnosis in this lifetime as passersby on this
In Ptolemy's Version of the Gnostic Myth, there is mention that "the
fire that lurks within the world will flare up, catch fire, overcome
all matter, be consumed along with it, and enter into definitive
nonexistence." Bentley Layton notes in his book, _The Gnostic
Scriptures," p. 295:
"f. The idea of a fire that lurks within the world and in due time
will flare up and consume the world was a well-known part of ancient
physics, as taught by the Stoic school. But the belief that the
world will then `enter into definitive nonexistence' is not a part of
the Stoic physics."
Perhaps other members might have additional information.
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