Such a large post!
Let's see if I can give it justice.
"Do you mean we need one term? How about "movements that call for a
> raising of the spirit".
I find this to be a rather incomplete definition.
The term needs to include at least half of the forms of
Christianity. Don't you agree?
> Making a category that is overly inclusive is generally frowned in
> academic practice, since it can too easily be used to gloss and
This is pretty much my point. Outsiders and insiders seem to
obscure the common gnostic thread in much of modern religion.
> Whether there was a line between Christianity and Gnosticism is
> something historians are still debating."
Would this be a debate on this particular list? Which Christian
sects of the early Church would NOT have been gnostic?
This may be the crux of our discussion!