New page! "Gnosticism (1st-7th Century): The Birth of Christianity". The intro paragraph:
Gnosticism is an ancient religion stemming from the first century (approximately), and is an alternative messiah-religion that shares many features with Christianity. An inferior angelic being created the Earth, and this being is a hindrance to spiritual development. Many Gnostic schools taught that the Hebrew Scriptures were the religious creation of this inferior god. To trick this god out of power, a saviour was sent by the true god, and the sacrifice of this innocent man undermined the power of the old god, allowing the possibility for people to become saved and align themselves with the true god. Gnosticism was heavily attacked by the first Christian anti-heresy writers. Some authors such as Freke & Gandy argue that Christianity as we know it is a shallow version of Gnosticism which has mistaken symbolic stories for real ones, whereas many academics find that the historical and archaeological evidence is unclear: Christianity and gnosticism are related, but, and although we don't yet know which one came first, it seems that early Christianity was much more Gnostic than it is now, and perhaps the gnostic/literalist divide simply didn't exist for the first two centuries of Christian history. By the 7th century, literalist Christians had overwhelmed Gnosticism and related forms of Christianity, leaving us with modern Trinitarian Christianity.
The contents meny of this page is:
- Gnostic Beliefs
- Gnosticism and Christianity
- The Role of Jesus in Gnosticism
- If God is an Imposter and the True God is Hidden, then who are your Friends? (Cain and Judas!)