The Early Church and Gnostic Thought
- To PMCV:
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 inThis is pretty much my point. Outsiders and insiders seem to
> academic practice, since it can too easily be used to gloss and
obscure the common gnostic thread in much of modern religion.
> Whether there was a line between Christianity and Gnosticism isWould this be a debate on this particular list? Which Christian
> something historians are still debating."
sects of the early Church would NOT have been gnostic?
This may be the crux of our discussion!