3628Re: [GTh] Re: SOM in GOT 86
- May 1, 2001
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From: "Jeffrey Glen Jackson" <jeff@...>
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2001 11:37 AM
Subject: Re: [GTh] Re: SOM in GOT 86
> The way I would define Gnosticism is it is a religion that
> * holds there is a higher reality of perfection;
This is also true of orthodox Xian religion
> * holds that the material world is the creation of a defective spirit
which is equated with the Jewish God that traps some divine
> light in flesh; and
In the Gnostic religion this is supposedly due to some form of "emanation,"
ie. as presented in "The Hypostasis of the Archons." Yet Xians also
believed in an emanatory spirit in the form of the Logos
> * holds that a messiah figure (equated with the Christian Jesus) came from
the higher reality to give man knowledge (gnosis) of
> where his divine light really came from so that he can escape the evil
world of matter.
For the Gnostic J was a "saved savior" while for the Xians he was fully God
and fully Man (Son of Man?) There is quite a bit of difference in these
beliefs between orthodox Xianity and orthodox Gnosticism.
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