Church and Gnosis: A Study of Christian Thought and Speculation in the Second Century

Church and Gnosis: A Study of Christian Thought and Speculation in the Second Century

by F. Crawford Burkitt

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Church and Gnosis: A Study of Christian Thought and Speculation in the Second Century by F. Crawford Burkitt

Originally presented as five lectures at Union Theological Seminary in New York, this volume by F. Crawford Burkitt considers the origins of Gnosticism within the context of early Christianity and apocalypticism.

Burkitt thinks that Gnosticism was an expression of ordinary Christianity in terms and categories that suited the science and philosophy of the day. He holds that if we can make our way through the unfamiliar imagery to the ideas that they attempt to express, some of these forms will appear thoughtful to us and will show kinship with some modern philosophical and psychological conceptions. To him Gnosticism was a Christian product, albeit a heretical one. Nevertheless, he views Gnosticism as a serious attempt to fill the void left by the failure of apocalypticism and the eschatological hope

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556351990
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2007
Pages: 166
Product dimensions: (w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

F. Crawford Burkitt (1864-1935) was Norrisian Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge from 1905 to 1935. His other publications include 'Evangelion Da-Mepharreshe' (1904), 'The Gospel History and Its Transmission' (1906), and 'The Earliest Sources for the Life of Jesus' (1910). He was elected to the British Academy Fellowship in 1905.

Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Gnosis     4
Primitive Christian Beliefs     10
Paul     13
The Problem of the Old Testament     22
Philosophical Gnosticism     29
Astrology     30
Soma-Sema     33
Magic     35
The two kinds of Gnostic Lore     40
Valentinus     42
The Barbelo-Gnostics     53
Note on the Name Barbelo     58
Egyptian Gnostic Works     62
Pistis Sophia     66
God troubling himself about man     77
Mammon     79
Aberamenthou     81
The Books of Jeu ('l[epsilon]ou)     83
Basilides and Abrasax     86
The Fourth Gospel: Mandaism and Christianity     92
The Fourth Gospel and John the Baptist     96
The Mandaeans     100
Note on the phrase Manda d'Hayye     120
The Church and the Old Testament     123
Index     149

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