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Gnosticism is the best religion.

Prove me wrong.
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>>571621
Gnosticism relies on the historical existence of Jesus Christ. There is no legitimate evidence supporting this belief. Gnosticism, therefore, is unsupported.
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>>571626

Gnosticism predates Christ.
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>>571632
OP has a pic of Valentinus...why wouldnt I assume he's speaking Gnostic Christianity?

If, however, he's speaking of pre-Christian Gnosticism...then I would say it has the same problem as any other religion of it type, especially Buddhism:

>rejecting the physical world for admiration of the spiritual

But this assumes there is a spiritual world.
And what is the spiritual world anyway?
Where is it? When is it? Can you point to it?
If not..it isn't there.
The physical world is the world you have, so why shun it for something you can't even define?
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>>571621

"Gnosticism" is a fallacious modern category created by historians. It never existed. It's just a term that evades precise definition because historians are trying to group sects that are as different from one another as either one is from the Orthodox/Catholics into a single division of Christian thought, which is why every definition given of gnosticism is totally subjective or based on limited knowledge of the sources or is made to try to mystify these dead Christian sects. From the Orthodox point of view, the true "gnostics" (those who know) are themselves.

pic related. Required reading before anyone thinks to open their mouth on gnosticism. Don't fall for memes OP
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>>571639

Buddhism dosen't necessarily advocate admiration of the "spiritual world".
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>>571652
Buddhism advocates retreating from the pleasures of the world to focus on the "internal world." The internal world is the same as the "spiritual world" in most Western religion. Christians are just too stupid to realize "spirit" is an outdated term for consciousness.
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Anyone have an opinion on the similarities between Valentinianism and Hindu Shaktism, is it it possible that one influenced the other or vice-versa?
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>>571621
I and my Father are one.
- John 10:30
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>>571621
>the best religion.
>religion
>the best
>religion
>best
Do I need to write it out or can you figure this one in your own?
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>>571746
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>>571741

They had their own Jesus legends and oral traditions though. Quoting yours at them isn't really a counter argument.
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>>571753
>legends

Exactly.
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It's literally the earliest conspiracy theory.
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>>571765

Arians and Gnostics aren't the same thing.

Although your predecessors did put their predecessors into the same hole in the ground.
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>>571773
If you deny the Trinity you cannot call yourself a Christian.
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>>571776

Jesus, the Jewish Rabbi would have been disgusted at the whole concept.
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>>571781
Oh, are you a Jew?

Also,

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
- Matthew 28:19
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>>571797

It's no good quoting the pieces of theology and legend that you made canonical as evidence, that is entirely circular.

What your predecessors made canonical and what they didn't was based on the early politics and theological disputes within Christianity. You killed the Arians and the Gnostics and burned their teachings.

That's not an actual quote from Jesus, there are no confirmed actual quotes from Jesus. He probably couldn't even read and write.
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Nah, gnosticism utterly fails to incorporate humanity's material nature in its conception of union with God. Hence, it does not describe the happiness of human beings, and is a vain hope for creatures of our kind.
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>>571816
The Canon was formed by the influence of the Holy Spirit and although you didn't answer my question directly, you did indeed answer it.
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>>571816

This. Having read the Dead Sea Scrolls it's pretty clear the orthodoxy needed gnostic Christian texts and any other 'books' that didn't jive gone - and those that supported them gone. Despite your beliefs these books would add valuable perspectives to the Bible that are otherwise lacking - or missing altogether.

Gnostics were indeed a religious sect pre-dating Christianity. Their earliest beliefs speak of the Archons and the Creation of man, many mirroring pagan genesis stories in some respects. Part of their persecution was due to their continued respect to alternate beliefs and open-ended interpretation to the One God. Later, their insistence on inclusion of the 52 exiled books would become reason enough to exclaim heresy. Gnostic Jews experienced similar ostracism and persecution.
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>>571831

In historical terms claiming Capser the Ghost had something to do with it isn't really a very sensible, evidence based argument.

No wonder you had to kill all the Gnostics.
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>>571849
>Capser the Ghost

Goodnight Schlomo.
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>>571852

Night, night.
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>>571621
I have a proof entrusted to me by God, but you must first complete 12 rituals before I can share it with you.

The first is to suck my dick.
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>>571867

>I have a proof entrusted to me by God, but you must first complete 12 rituals before I can share it with you.
>The first is to suck my dick.

This sounds like a more accurate quote from Jesus.

What exactly was he doing with the naked youth?
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>>571879
Also can explain that one to you, but first you must stop eating, and give me all your food.
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>>571902

Okay. No problem.
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>>571771

Reptilians = Archons
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>>571776

Arians didn't deny the trinity though, they only denied that all three persons were equal and co-eternal
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>>571831
>The Canon was formed by the influence of the Holy Spirit
Who said so? Is it the people who formed the Canon? This blind obedience to authority and text was why Gnostics were dangerous to Christians
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Plotinus' proved you wrong over 1000 years ago
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It depends the Gnostic sect.

Some don't follow Jesus, others do. Find the one that actually believes Jesus existed, good stuff.

And as for the Demiurge creations, whether it was Yhwh or Yaldabaoth, everyone can benefit from the knowledge of the Archons and Demiurge and see how it impacts themself and other peoples.

I'm glad this thread is up
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>>571748
I want the Emperor Theodosius to leave
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>>571771
>>571921
These ^ lol

Pretty sure Gnostics were killed by early Christians but you should look that up
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>>571642
check out this new book on the nag hammadi library

http://www.tf.uio.no/english/research/news-and-events/news/2016/monastic-origins-nag-hammadi-codices.html
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Gnosticism is not a religion.
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>>571642
You are an idiot of you fall for the "gnosticism is not real " meme yourself.

Gnosticism is not a Religion in the classical sense of the word, yes. But it's a philosophy which permeated centuries upon centuries, being the esoteric core of most major religious movements.

As a complex of beliefs /philosophical convictions, gnosticism is heavily supported by a large body of Literature - including some cannonical ones which reek of gnostic thought.
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>>572929
It's a term in religion.
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>>571621
gnosticism gets hate on /his/ for two main reasons"
1. the sizable and vocal christfag posters, 'nuff said
2. it's become a sort of posterboy for "esoteric" religions due to modern popular interest, thanks to stuff like dan brown etc, and it's easy to jump on the bandwagon against popular stuff

anyway i think it's pretty neat, no matter the flavor.
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>>571826
>Nah, gnosticism utterly fails to incorporate humanity's material nature in its conception of union with God
Why would material nature need to be incorporated into union with the divine? Buddhism and most Hindu sects don't do that either.
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Gnosticism just has to be the dumbest fucking religion ever. It's so Reddit tier I don't even know where to begin.
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>>573024
maybe you should like
read a book
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>>573005
>>573024
I think your opinions would be valued if u didn't use Internet terms to describe how you feel about them
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>>573034
i think your response would be valued if "u" actually stayed on topic.
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and lads
please rec me some good gnostic fictiton
I read Blood Meridian, The Emperor and Galilean
both are heavy with gnostic themes
and I crave more
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>>571642
>Gnosticism is only Christian
Yeah let's ignore Gnostic Jewish sects, Gnostic Hellenic pagan sects, Manichaeism, Mandaeism...
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>>573031
Read a book about what? I read an introduction to hermeticism as well as some of the gnostic "gospels" and it just has to be the most cringeworthy shit I ever witnessed. Literally Lavey - tier abomination for edgelords.

>>573034
Maybe this 4chan thing really isn't for you if you tend to get mad about memes.
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>>573046
Just saying
Terms like christzfaq and kek is a meme just drains out validity

>>573064
Just saying
Terms like christzfaq and kek is a meme just drains out validity
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>>573047
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>>573064
Confirmed for not even trying to understand
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>>573072
i don't call all christians on this board "christfags", but it's a short and to-the-point word that sums up the obnoxious roleplaying ones.
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>>573074
>2deep4u: the religion

Hey guys, let's take Star Wars and rewrite the canon asking ourselves what if empire were actually the good guys and you need to snort PCP and dance naked under the moonlight covered in ovine feces to know the real truth?
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>>573079
Still

Don't get me wrong I know what your talking about

>quotes Bible
>"have fun in hell"

So yea, but still, the term is just... u g h
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>>571639
You don't know anything about Buddhism.
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>>573087
It seems it literally is 2deep4u
you are acting like a retard my man
stuff like this tend to be a relevatory experience that requires thought and investment
but you clearly dont want to do that
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>>573087
> Star Wars
you mean The Matrix
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>>571776
jehovah's witnesses arent christians then?
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>>571626
From a completely historicist perspective - the Gospel is one of the most reliable and factual events from antiquity.

Kill yourself.
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Gnosticism is a Satanic ideology.

It's "New Age" and Buddhist/Hindu tier.
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>>573102
You know the saying that satanism is like saying "Fuck Star Trek" in Klingon? Gnosticism is exactly the same. Like "Lucifer" is literally a mistranslation from the Vulgate, yet leave it to Gnostics to come up with shit like this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neo-Luciferian_Church
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>>573121
It can be "satanic", like Freemasons and Cultists like OTO are satanic Gnostics / Luciferian gnostics.

But you can be A gnostic Christians you just have to have the right sources and still manage to be somewhat canon at the same time.

>hindu/Buddha tier
There are left hand hindus and right hand hindus, there are left hand Buddhist and right hand buddhist.
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>>571621
What is it? A rogue deity created the world and we have to cuck ourselves to please the real god?

What is so great about that?
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>>573134
The hilarious irony / hypocrisy is that the Gnostics accuse Christians for doctoring the canon, yet they have no problem flat out inventing their own gospels, like the gospel of Judas.
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>>573121
How can they be Satanic when they think physical reality is something to overcome. I thought Satanism was supposed to be all about hedonism and ignoring the spiritual realm.
If you just use SATANIST as a buzzword for everything you disagree with then it loses all meaning, you know.
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>>573122
I dont really understand what system/religion you mean gnosticism is acting within
do you mean christianity in general?
and im not really trying to defend any crazy cults
it's the world view that appeals to me
seems to be found in lots of philosophical traditions

and that last part
just leave it up to man to come up with shit like that it's not something unique to gnostics
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>>573089
yup those are the ones. i wish they would all adopt trips.
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>>573121
...and the roleplaying christfags have arrived!
took you long enough, man.
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I don't understand why Gnostics insist on this connection with Christianity, it just makes them less credible. Historically, this "evil christians erased gnostic history!!!" meme has no real foundations.

Why not base Gnosticism on its actual philosophical ancestors, such as Plato?
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>>573177
I think the problem is that most of the surviving documents considered part of Gnosticism proper are Christian-oriented, at least if you discount the major religions like Manichaeism that emerged from it. So any modern groups trying to revive its ideas have to work with what they have the most of, which ends up being a Judeo-Christian backdrop.
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>>573156
That's a big problem with Gnosticism is you really have to be careful what direction you take.

Gnostics and Orthodox both have their faults.

>"A house divided against itself cannot stand"

All these Christians are attacking eachother, is very difficult to talk about why we all live Him in the first place.

>>573170
It drives me crazy too, I hate arguing with another Christian with Bible quotes... but it happens..

It's important not to be self righteous and condemn people, that is the opposite of what Jesus does when He goes about teachings us
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>>573156
Yeah, imagine flat out inventing your own biblical scripture, like John, Paul, Revelation...
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>>573198
Yet you believe that the events described in the Bible as described by John, Paul etc actually happened, you just turn it on its head and say GOD WAS ACTUALLY THE BAD GUY.

This is lunacy on the level of accusing George Lucas for falsifying what happened in Star Wars.
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>>573254
m8....
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>>573254
>you

Anyway, you completely missed the point.
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>>573254
wew did conclude gnosticism is not only a christian thing right
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http://thriceholy.net/Texts/Plotinus5.html

Plotinus BTFO'd them
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>>571621
>prove me wrong
i don't have to. i have no religion. atheism. it's a philosophical standpoint. no religion. get it? the burden of proof doesn't lie on me.
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>>573308
Plotinus was a cool guy but I always wonder what Plato and the early Platonists would have thought of the direction he took their ideas.
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>>571621
How exactly do you not understand that your main ideal as a gnostic is the spark of the original sin?

Do you not understand what you're delving into is true satanism?
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>>571621
>People can save themselves through knowledge
>People can save themselves through ritual
>People can save themselves through belief
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>>573332
Is it possible to discuss something without roleplaying?
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>>573343
I'm not roleplaying. You're a legitimate fool if you do not see the parallel or as it it called, the hermenautical inversion of the Bible
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>>573332
lol what the fuck are you talking about mane
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>>573321
Well tipp'd gentlesir
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>>572799

He just called them edgy faggots. Funny, but not a compelling argument tbqh
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>>573019
Right, and that's a failing in those too, because in that case the "union" conceived of is indistinguishable from annihilation for the human being (as humans are essentially material), and hence, is no true "union" at all.
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>>573321

best religion =/= true religion
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>>572951
>You are an idiot of you fall for the "gnosticism is not real " meme yourself.

No, you're somebody who has actually studied the phenomenon and realized that practically none of these sects considered themselves anything but "Christians" or followers of their individual teachers.

Very few of these people called themselves "gnostics" with any other meaning besides "I know and you don't," and one finds that the Orthodox rebuttal such as that of Clement of Alexandria and Irenaeus of Lyons was that the Orthodox were the true gnosticism.

>But it's a philosophy which permeated centuries upon centuries, being the esoteric core of most major religious movements.

In this case, you're just using "gnosticism" as another synonymous for mysticism or the perennial philosophy, and making the term more and more vague so as to encompass a larger variety of movements that often have nothing historically to do with another or were even opposed to one another.

>As a complex of beliefs /philosophical convictions, gnosticism is heavily supported by a large body of Literature - including some cannonical ones which reek of gnostic thought.

Again, you're using "gnostic" here as a synonymous for mystical religious and philosophical thought in its generalities and equating it with "gnosticism" The terms "gnostic" and "gnosticism" have very different meanings. In the ancient and medieval world, terms like "gnostic" and "gnosis" simply functioned as an adjective and a noun. gnosis simply referred to intuitive knowledge as such, and gnostic was simply one who "knew", but they didn't really care any other meaning than that. "Gnosticism" has been used to describe what historians perceive as a unified religious movement within Christianity or which existed before Christianity and took on Christian garb later, but the problem is that every definition given of "gnosticism" is loaded with stereotypes and romanticism and even ignores fundamental pieces of evidence.
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>>573059
>Yeah let's ignore Gnostic Jewish sects, Gnostic Hellenic pagan sects, Manichaeism, Mandaeism...

Again, gnostic =/= gnosticism

When it comes to "Gnostic Christianity" and "Gnosticism", historians and new age nuts make some basic errors

1. The term "gnostic" is not very much used in the Nag Hammadi texts. If all these different groups identified as gnostic, why do their religious texts not seem to make any use of the most important identifying label for themselves? The few instances we find of people calling themselves "gnostics" at this time, it's more in the area of a simple adjective, not as a religious identity, since most of these groups probably just considered themselves to be nothing but true and devout Christians.

2. In the arguments between the Church Fathers and the "gnostics", one in fact finds that not all the Orthodox are totally opposed to the idea of "secret teachings of the apostles" or in intuitive mystical knowledge. Irenaeus was opposed to the "gnosis falsely so called" and Clement of Alexandria's main argument against these groups was that they were peddling false teachings under the guise of secret knowledge from the apostles. Clement was also well known for his argument in his Stromata that the Orthodox are the true "gnostics". The Orthodox mystical tradition of hesychasm is very well known and the goal of hesychasm is gnosis.

3. If we are willing to use gnosticism as just another term for mysticism which could include both the orthodox & heretical, the christian & non-christian, this is much better, even if it is very much generalized, we still run into issues of identification of these heretical Christian movements. In the case of the Marcionites for instance, we know that they shared many of the same basic beliefs as the so-called gnostics, such as the belief in two gods, but their religion was based on a logical reading of the Biblical text, not "gnosis" or mysticism
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>>574921

Likewise, the Manichaeans identified primarily as the followers of Mani, not so much as "gnostics" who were part of a unified "gnosticism"

In the case of the Mandaeans, the application of the term "gnostics" to them is fairly modern. Mandaeans of course have no problem taking up this term for themselves to some degree, but it was a term applied to them by outsiders who identified them as somehow related to the Christian groups that are typically called "gnostic" because of some similarities in their belief system.

But one can also find that Muslim Sufis and Shi'a mystics, in their English works have often identified themselves as "gnostics" (those who know or who have received knowledge/gnosis) and their beliefs are very different from Mandaeism, Kabbalistic Judaism, Manichaeism and especially the Christian dualists and Orthodox mystics.
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>>573116
>Christfags actually believe this

Maybe you can raise your religion from the dead too, lazarus.
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>>571659
>"No two ideals could be more opposite than a Christian saint in a Gothic cathedral and a Buddhist saint in a Chinese temple. The opposition exists at every point; but perhaps the shortest statement of it is that the Buddhist saint always has his eyes shut, while the Christian saint always has them very wide open. The Buddhist saint has a sleek and harmonious body, but his eyes are heavy and sealed with sleep. The medieval saint’s body is wasted to its crazy bones, but his eyes are frightfully alive. There cannot be any real continuity between forces that produce symbols so different as that. Granted that both images are extravagances, are perversions of the pure creed, it must be a real divergence which could produce such opposite extravagances. The Buddhist is looking with a peculiar intentness inwards. The Christian is staring with a frantic intentness outwards."- G.K.Chesterton
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>>571626
>Implying the academic consensus isn't that Christ existed
Absolutely reddit
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>>571621

Which Gnostic sect are you talking about?
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>>574687
No he didn't. He called them out for misinterpretating Mr. P.
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>>571626
>There is no legitimate evidence supporting this belief.
Finally someone gets it. We cannot trust sources so remote in time from the actual person. That's why I don't believe in Caesar either.
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>>576328
You say that in jest but I do doubt the veracity of very much of what has been written about Caesar.
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>>571816
>He probably couldn't even read and write.
According to scriptures, he should be at least able to read Torah and such, unless you are implying that he had everything memorized and he had a good guess at what he was supposed to read.
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>>576619
>According to scriptures

Well there you go.
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>>574921
>The term "gnostic" is not very much used in the Nag Hammadi texts.
γνῶσις is. Σοφία also. Much like "Christian" not being used in the New Testament, when χριστός is.

>the goal of hesychasm is gnosis.
No, it's theosis and salvation. In Orthodoxy you are saved by grace, faith, works.

Those things are what make you a saint, not knowledge, intellect, insight, speculative philosophy, claiming to be an enlightened being, and definitely not by calling the God in the Old Testament evil or preaching polytheist bullshit.

It's when you STFU and let God do the talking.

Internet gnostics are simply too "enlightened by their own intelligence" to do any religious behavior beyond wearing their fedora upside down.
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>>576664

Go get'em Schlomo.
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>>576664

The point I was getting at is that there are huge problems in categorizing any of these groups as "gnostic" for various reasons.

The stereotype that these groups were profoundly "mystical" or were such anymore than their Orthodox opponents could be mystical doesn't hold up under the microscope. The idea that they were necessarily anti-Judaism doesn't hold up because they clearly aren't all anti-Jewish nor are all the anti-Jewish groups necessarily mystical in any special sense The idea that they were all dualistic doesn't hold up because of the monistic trends we find in certain texts and heresiologies. They were definitely not all rationalists or intellectuals since they were sometimes known for defending their beliefs on the basis of blind faith in their writings (sort of like some of the Orthodox who based their entire faith on scripture rather than reason). They were not all libertines nor were they all hardcore ascetics as some of the Orthodox criticized certain groups for seeking more inclusion in wider society than should be expected of a good Christian. Certainly the idea that some believed in "secret teachings" of the apostles can't be used as a measuring stick, because Orthodox Church Fathers like Clement of Alexandria affirm "secret teachings", but only claim that such secret teachings could/would not contradict the Bible. If the last dividing line is the identification as gnostics as opposed to identifying as not-gnostic, this also doesn't work because the common retort of some of the Orthodox to those who called themselves "gnostic" was something like "no, we are the gnostics," or "we are the one who have the right knowledge" and it doesn't seem like "gnosis" here was necessarily understood to be something mystical. Think about it, when somebody calls themselves an agnostic, the use of the term "gnostic" in this label is pretty literal and doesn't have any real mystical connotation to it.
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>>578797
The evidence we have suggests that the terms gnosis and gnostic as they were being used during this time period in question (1st century to 6th century AD/CE) were mainly just in terms of gnosis or knowledge as such, not necessarily as a term for a distinctly mystical form of knowledge, unless an individual understood this to mean that true knowledge or gnosis could be obtained only through the means of mystical intuition, but we know that many of these so-called gnostic groups didn't have a deeply mystical religion, at least not more than their Orthodox counterparts.

Some of these groups display an attitude of secrecy, but many others display an openness and flagrance regarding their beliefs. Likewise, one finds that the ideas along the lines of "don't speak words of wisdom to fools," or "hide your actual beliefs from those who might be motivated by envy to harm you" permeates through many elements of Christianity at this time where being Christian might result in persecution from Roman authorities. Christians whose beliefs were considered heterodox by others too might find other Christians to be their rivals and put them in greater danger were their heteordoxy to become known.

So a culture of secrecy does not necessarily mean they were of a more "mystical" disposition, it could easily just be practical forms of dissimulation to save one's life or property. Also, again, the idea of secret teachings known by the elites of the church doesn't seem to be a problem for ALL the orthodox as much as heterodox beliefs that claim to be secret teachings yet contradict the accepted meaning of the Bible among the Orthodox.
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>>578804
In some cases the term "gnostic" might have referred to a specific type of individual within these sects, but it was used mainly as another word to describe an elite member of the sect, usually one of its leading mystics, just as there are distinctions between the laity and clerical and spiritual elite in the Orthodox and Catholic churches, but not as a term to describe the sect in and of itself.

The term "gnostic Christians" or "gnosticism" in reference to these groups is almost always plagued by stereotypes, over-generalizations, ignoring of evidence and many of the people who are still insistent on using this term are fedoratippers, feminists, new age spiritualists and just historians with strong anti-Orthodox or anti-Catholic biases who want to portray all these different groups who are probably more accurately represented by more distinct individual labels like Valentinians, Cerinthians, Elchasites, Manichaeans, Marcionites, Sethians, etc. as somehow falling under a general term like "gnosticism" which these historians often seem to use as though it's a synonym for a more mystical or intellectual and thus, at least in some of their minds, a "better" form of Christianity than what the Orthodox or Catholic churches offer, who in these historians portrayals are almost always big bad, anti-mystical/intellectual meanies (when the fact is the orthodox and catholics have a profound intellectual and mystical tradition which probably puts these sects being romanticized to shame).

The fact is that these groups should be studied individually as distinct groups from the Orthodox but also distinct groups from one another whose beliefs may or may not overlap with other heterodox or orthodox christian groups, but historians are reluctant to do that because they still want to cling to the myth of "gnostic christianity" and I think it does a disservice both to these dead sects' followers and to living forms of Christianity to perpetrate these myths
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