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Gnosticism   /nˈɑstɪsˌɪzəm/   Listen

A religious orientation advocating gnosis as the way to release a person's spiritual element; considered heresy by Christian churches.

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"Gnosticism" Quotes from Famous Books

... they rejected the God of the Old Testament and their doctrine of the two creators,—the devil who created the objective world, and the true God who created the spiritual world—is reminiscent of the loftiest Parseeism and the profoundest gnosticism. They regarded man as placed between good and evil; the choice lay in his own hand. An extraordinary poem by Peire Cardinal—not by any means a heretic—breathes this spirit. He confronts God not with the customary humility, but as one power confronts the other. "I will write a new poem, and ...
— The Evolution of Love • Emil Lucka

... Brahmanism; it has stood its ground for centuries, and if truth could be decided by majorities, the show of hands, even at the present day, would be in favour of Buddha. The metaphysics of Buddhism, like the metaphysics of most religions, not excluding our own Gnosticism and Mysticism, were beyond the reach of all except a few hardened philosophers or ecstatic dreamers. Human nature could not be changed. Out of the very nothing it made a new paradise; and he who had left no place in the whole universe for a Divine Being, ...
— Chips From A German Workshop - Volume I - Essays on the Science of Religion • Friedrich Max Mueller

Words linked to "Gnosticism" :   Mandaeanism, eon, aeon, unorthodoxy, theological doctrine, Mandeanism, heresy

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