11648Re: gnosticism and the end of time
- Nov 7, 2005--- In email@example.com, "Lincoln S." <doubtfull_one@y...>
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, lady_caritas <no_reply@y...>
> > In Ptolemy's Version of the Gnostic Myth, there is mention
> that "the
> > fire that lurks within the world will flare up, catch fire,
> > 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
> > will flare up and consume the world was a well-known part of
> > physics, as taught by the Stoic school. But the belief that the
> > world will then `enter into definitive nonexistence' is not a
> ofLincoln, I can give you a link explaining a bit more about Stoic
> > 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.
Please keep in mind though that the Stoics were materialists, which
the Gnostics definitely were *NOT*. The Stoics believed in
successive cycles of this fiery destruction and recovery, whereas
Bentley Layton's footnote describes a conflagration of the world into
NONexistence (according to Irenaeus's summary of Ptolemy's Version of
the Gnostic Myth).
I'm curious Lincoln as to the background for your interest in end
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