- a group of ancient heresies, stressing escape from this world through the acquisition of esoteric knowledge.
Origin of Gnosticism
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Examples from the Web for gnosticism
Intellectualism and gnosticism are not confined to the church.Herein is Love
Reuel L. Howe
But Reitzenstein avoids the difficulty by appealing to Gnosticism.The Origin of Paul's Religion
J. Gresham Machen
Gnosticism was a mixture of Hellenic, oriental, and Christian elements.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)
Henry Osborn Taylor
To a certain degree it shares with Gnosticism its anti-Jewish character.The Christ Myth
To examine the history of Gnosticism is not a tempting undertaking.
- a religious movement characterized by a belief in gnosis, through which the spiritual element in man could be released from its bondage in matter: regarded as a heresy by the Christian Church
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Word Origin and History for gnosticism
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