12979Re: The Old & New Inquisition against the Gnostics this Sun on CCG!!!
- Feb 19, 2007Hey Lady Cari
>>>PMCV, I think you have hit on a major reason why what eventuallydeveloped into mainstream, exoteric Christian orthodoxy was used as a
weapon instead of more otherworldly, abstruse systems...<snip>....
It's very possible that not only the exoteric church and its
polemics, but also its emphasis on Biblical religious figures as
historical figures would more readily relate to mainstream groups
and the worldly political arena than an otherworldly, metaphorical
and mythological approach. Worldly political powers targeted
heretics as enemies by which to define their ideologies.<<<
Exactly. The literalism and simple pistic soteriology is a double
whammy in that it is easy to understand, but also plays well into
political agendas since it lends itself readily to a sort of civil
The perfect tool for the power hungry.
>>>Regarding the term "gnostic," Dr. Versluis also noted howgradually the expression no longer always had historical meaning,
and often became synonymous with "People that I don't like." The
professor also mentioned Couliano's essay from the 1980s in which he
made fun of everything being "gnostic" nowadays. "Gnostic" often
became pejorative, where things were seen to be diminished if this
word were used. He sees that as a throwback to ancient antiheresy
It is always nice to hear somebody else point this out besides us,
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