Gnosticism

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A "Separationist Christology" [1] which is fundamentally elitist.

"The term Gnosticism  comes from  the Greek word  for knowledge,  gnosis.  It is applied to a wide range of groups of early Christians who stressed the  importance  of  secret  knowledge  for  salvation.  According  to  most  of  these groups, the material world we live in was not the creation of the  one  true  God.  It  came  about  as  a  result  of  a  disaster  in  the  divine  realm, in which one of the (many) divine beings was for some myste­rious reason excluded from the heavenly places; as a result of her fall from divinity the material world came to be created by a lesser deity,  who captured her and imprisoned her in human bodies here on earth.  Some human beings thus have a spark of the divine within them, and they need to learn the truth of who they are, where they came from,  how they got here, and how they can return. Learning this truth will lead to their salvation."[2]


Gnosticism > Gnosis

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Footnotes

  1. Ehrman, Bart D. Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why. Harper One, 2007. p. 170-1.
  2. Ehrman, Bart D. Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why. Harper One, 2007. p. 170-1. Emphasis added.