8291Re: [Gnosticism2] Re: Stories
- Sep 13, 2003On Fri, 12 Sep 2003 00:27:22 -0000
pmcvflag <email@example.com> wrote:
Thanks so much for your response.
>>Oh yes, sorry Rodney, I don't think anyone meant toignore you.<<
Not a problem; trust me. I felt hesitant about posting
because of the very lively and interesting discussion that
was taking place and didn't want to appear to be intrusive.
>>"...bassackwards..."<<A term much used by and very dear to my grandmother when I
was growing up!!
During my most ardent phase of adherence to "the faith once
delivered to the saints" I came across Irenaeus' tome
against the Gnositics. I tried to read it to hone my
anti-heretic apologetics but kept getting this enormous
knot on my forehead from falling asleep and striking my
head against the table as I tried to wade through it. A
couple days and several knots later I hung it up. From time
to time I would come across brief mentions of Gnosis and
Gnostics in works of systematic theology and biblical
commentaries and gathered that they were bad, bad, bad.
Other than that, I knew next to nothing about them. When I
finally felt the freedom to explore things outside the
accepted belief system I re-encountered Gnositcism and
almost literally, a light came on.
Like you, my work has been and continues to be both
"internal and external". I've always had a rather studious
bent, so broad reading and research come rather naturally
which has eased the exoteric work. However the esoteric has
been a little more difficult but no less rewarding for all
PMCV, you mention the Carpocratians. I think that's funny.
Are you making the joke because they were often associated
with a more libertine attitude? If you watch my own life I
think you would say that there are times where
"Carpocratian" would describe me fairly well.
It seems that very little concrete information exists
concerning them. Could you point me to previous posts or
related materials that try to explore them a little more
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