The Gnostics: The First Christian Heretics

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Gnosticism is the name given to various religious schools that proliferated in the first centuries after Christ, nearly becoming the dominant form of Christianity, but was eventually branded as heretical by the emerging Christian church. The long and diverse history of Gnosticism is recounted here, as well as reasons for its continued relevance today. Although some Gnostic beliefs are close to mainstream Christianity, others examined here include that the world is imperfect because it was created by an evil god ...

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Overview

Gnosticism is the name given to various religious schools that proliferated in the first centuries after Christ, nearly becoming the dominant form of Christianity, but was eventually branded as heretical by the emerging Christian church. The long and diverse history of Gnosticism is recounted here, as well as reasons for its continued relevance today. Although some Gnostic beliefs are close to mainstream Christianity, others examined here include that the world is imperfect because it was created by an evil god who was constantly at war with the true, good God; that Christ and Satan were brothers; that reincarnation exists; and that women are the equal of men. Also covered is the influence Gnostics had on the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, psychologist Carl Jung, the Existentialists, the New Age movement, and writers as diverse as William Blake, W. B. Yeats, Albert Camus, and Philip K. Dick.

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"Well written, informative."  Independent

"Good, basic introduction to a fascinating religious belief."  Fortean Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842433393
  • Publisher: Oldcastle Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Series: Pocket Essential Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,421,005
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Sean Martin's books for Pocket Essentials include Alchemy and Alchemists, Andrei Tarkovsky, The Cathars, The Gnostics, and The Knights Templar.

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