Gnosticism: The Path to Inner Knowledge

Martin Seymour-Smith

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Gnosticism: The Path to Inner Knowledge

Gnosticism: The Path to Inner Knowledge By Martin Seymour-Smith Gnosticism The Path to Inner Knowledge Gnosticism the school of spiritual philosophy that flourished throughout the Roman world in the first two centuries after Christ was Christianity s earliest rival It focused not on belief good deed

  • Title: Gnosticism: The Path to Inner Knowledge
  • Author: Martin Seymour-Smith
  • ISBN: 9780062513052
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Gnosticism: The Path to Inner Knowledge By Martin Seymour-Smith Gnosticism, the school of spiritual philosophy that flourished throughout the Roman world in the first two centuries after Christ, was Christianity s earliest rival It focused not on belief, good deeds and contrition, but on the attainment of gnosis knowledge, or an intuition of the truth which brings salvation from ignorance Gnostic rites were practiced in secret, parGnosticism, the school of spiritual philosophy that flourished throughout the Roman world in the first two centuries after Christ, was Christianity s earliest rival It focused not on belief, good deeds and contrition, but on the attainment of gnosis knowledge, or an intuition of the truth which brings salvation from ignorance Gnostic rites were practiced in secret, particularly after Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire The radical dualism of the Gnostic universe, in which good and evil are co eternal, was anathema to the early Church, which persecuted it relentlessly for over a thousand years However, the symbolic and psychological truths of Gnosticism continued to be recognized down the centuries, and had a profound influence on many of the great creative writers and thinkers of Western culture Gnosticism poses burning questions, the answers to which are very relevant to our day It resonates with the idea of the psyche, with Jung s concept of the collective unconscious, and with the post war struggle for meaning in existential philosophy Gnostic thinking underlies much of modern mysticism, and offers contemporary seekers a living path to enlightenment.
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    1. Melissa Hayes on said:

      I found the subject intriguing to learn about but the book was extremely complex to understand I began looking up the terms in the Catholic websites and encyclopedias for information and I still don t have a clear grasp of the concept within the book.

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