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11647Re: gnosticism and the end of time

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  • Lincoln S.
    Nov 5, 2005
      --- In gnosticism2@yahoogroups.com, lady_caritas <no_reply@y...>
      wrote:

      > 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.
      >
      > Cari
      >

      Please, if anyone knows more about the "fire that lurks within the
      world" and/or the teachings of the Stoic school in this regard I am
      very interested. Thanks.

      Lincoln
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