Re: Gnosticism and Christianity??
- Well, Mervyn... sounds like you are in the right place. Feel free to
pull up a chair and jump in on the conversations.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Mervyn Georges <mgeorges38@y...>
> Hi PMCV,appreciate it. I have an interest in knowing what the true history of
> Thanks a lot for the welcome and your commentary, I really
Christianity is and understanding the inception of the concepts that
makeup this religion. The word Gnosticism has appeared in quite a few
places associated with an esoteric version of Christianity so I am
pursuing it further to learn more.
> pmcvflag <email@example.com> wrote:
> Hey MG, welcome to the club. to get right to your questions...
> "First off, does Gnosticism predate Christianity?"
> This is a matter of scholastic debate. Some scholors, like
> say "no", while others , like Pearson, say "yes". Petrement's datestood
> for the advent of Gnosticism is particularly late, and has not
> the test of critical observations. The concensus keeps pushing theto
> date back little by little, not as far as Pearson, but there is
> serious possibility that Gnosticism existed within Judism in the
> first century BCE.
> "How is Gnosticism related to Christianity?"
> Most of the surviving Gnostic sources are Christian. Outside the
> probibility of pre-Christian Jewish Gnosticism (which some believe
> be the original source of Christainity, though that is not provenin
> any way) the majority of Gnosticism is Christian in context.trinity
> "Does Gnosticism address ideas regarding Jesus Christ and the
> (Father, Son, Holy Ghost)? Thanks."and
> The notion of the "trinity" is a later invention in Christianity,
> it did not exist at the time of Gnosticism. There were other ideasof
> tripartite divisions, but they did not reflect the doctrin of theare
> trinity. The understanding of Jesus that we find in Gnostic texts
> also different from modern Christianity. Generally they aredocetic,
> sometimes whith a hint of adoptionism. Since the soteriologyService.
> (understanding of salvation) of Gnosticism is very different from
> modern Christianity, the role that Jesus plays is very different.
> May I ask, what is your background, and your interest in gnosticism?
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- Thanks for the comeback, Cari. For myself, of the 3 quotes you sent, this
one I think speaks best.
"Let each of us, too, burrow for the root of evil that is within, and root
it up from his or her heart. It will be rooted up when it is recognized."
Once we have looked inside and recognized it we are equipped to recognize it
in others, and perhaps confront it. Whether or not that requires an
acquaintance w/ Godde, I remain unsure. It was for me but I can't speak for
all or in shoulds. roberta
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