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    A variety of gnostic views existed, so a general characterization
    will probably not fit all. In general, they tended to deny the
    importance of the body, if not actually seeing it as bad. This could
    take the form of claiming that Jesus, being fully God, must not have
    been fully human in body, but was more like a case of possession, in
    which God was sort of located inside a human body. That is the
    heresy alluded to in the discussion.

    In personal behavior, this led to two main errors. On the one hand,
    some gnostics went in for extreme asceticism, thinking the body was
    not worth caring for. On the other hand, some argued that since the
    body was no good anyway, it did not matter what the body did, and
    thus excused license.

         Dr. David Campbell
         Old Seashells
         University of Alabama
         Biodiversity & Systematics
         Dept. Biological Sciences
         Box 870345
         Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 USA

    That is Uncle Joe, taken in the masonic regalia of a Grand Exalted
    Periwinkle of the Mystic Order of Whelks-P.G. Wodehouse, Romance at
    Droitgate Spa

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