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History of Gnosis

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  • oldmoth
    Are not many of the ideas now attributed to gnostic teaching much older than early Christianity...and even older than Judaism?
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 1, 2009
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      Are not many of the ideas now attributed to gnostic teaching much older
      than early Christianity...and even older than Judaism?
    • pmcvflag
      Hey Oldmoth You ask... ... older than early Christianity...and even older than Judaism?
      Message 2 of 2 , Feb 5, 2009
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        Hey Oldmoth

        You ask...

        >>Are not many of the ideas now attributed to gnostic teaching much
        older than early Christianity...and even older than Judaism?<<

        Not in the more strict usage of the term "Gnostic". Of course, on the
        other hand one could argue that there is nothing new under the Sun
        and pretty much any idea from any movement has some origin in a
        movement before it.

        Since some essential parts of Gnostic teachings are Platonist those
        parts certainly existed before Christianity. Since some elements of
        Judaism existed before Judaism and some of those elements are
        expressed in Gnostic texts, then those elements existed before
        Judaism.

        However, the fact that modern America has important cultural and
        ideological (and even indirect historical) connections with Rome
        doesn't imply that modern Americans ARE Romans. The Gnostics
        themselves don't predate Judaism or Plato.

        PMCV
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