Re: What makes Gnosticism Gnostic?
- I think you've got the gyst of it all right,
Pteruges. That said, the one item that I would definitely
strike ofg the list pertains to reincarnation, since any
generalized assertion that Gnostics ascribed to this belief
is tenous at best. <br><br>Without getting into the
distinctions between types of migrations of the soul
(reincarnation, metempsychosis, etc.), it's relatively safe to
either claim or speculate that some did and some didn't,
but in any case, it certainly wasn't an essential or
central tenet for most Gnostics.<br><br>For the most
part, they were a bit silent on the matter, most likely
because what really mattered to them was the ultimate
liberation of the soul. This was clearly more important than
any given number of intermediate posthumous states,
whether one or many in whatever given form.