Re: Gnosticism and Christianity??
- Hey Mike
"IMO they are gnostic enough, they must be looked at. More so than the
Hermetic school, at least. Of course it is possible they began as
Christian, and moved away under persecution, as a defense, but that
is hardly probable. The most amazing thing about them is they gained
the status as "people of the book" under Islam, something the local
Manacheans and Hermetics never managed. If they aren't gnostics, they
are first cousins. :-)"
I can certainly buy that... first cousins. In fact, I'm not even
arguing that they may not be full blown "Gnostic"... I would need to
familiarize myself a little more with the movement before I take
sides. In any event, they are certainly related enough to warrent
observation here. Other movements I would include in the "first
cousin" category would be the Manichaeans, and Marcion. The
Cathars... hmmmm, maybe second cousins.
I simply did wish to point out that thier inclusion in the grouping
of "Gnostics" has been disputed (based on thier soteriology, which,
according to the arguement, doesn't rest on Gnosis. Essentially it is
the same arguement that has brought Manichaeans into question) There
is also argument over whether or not the "Sabeans" are actually the
Mandaeans, and thus were really recognized as "people of the book". I
don't remember the specifics for that dispute though, so I see no
reason to worry about that detail unless you do.
- 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
------ http://USFamily.Net/info - Unlimited Internet - From $8.99/mo! ------