From: Darryl Maddox (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Sep 30 2003 - 08:31:00 EDT
I just noticed this discussion involving Gnositcism and have nothing to contribute to it except the title of a book that has some information on Gnosticism and other competitors of early Christianity.
Forerunners and Rivals of Christianity: 330 BC t o 330 AD, Francis Legge. I don't know when it was originally published or by whom but the Preface is dated July 1914 and Francis Legge died 1in 1922. The edition I have is Copywrite 1964 by University Books.
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From: "George Murphy" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Subject: Re: creation & sabbath (Was Re: Questions to Allen Roy)
> RFaussette@aol.com wrote:
> > In a message dated 9/27/03 9:31:42 AM Eastern Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org
> > writes:
> > > This is why Christianity has always had to resist (with greater or lesser
> > > success) gnostic ideas that salvation is about
> > > somehow escaping from the physical world & "going to heaven."
> > >
> > >
> > gnosticism is not about escaping from the world - it's about facing it - this
> > is also the common misconception regarding Buddhism.
> I have said nothing about Buddhism, about which my knowledge is limited. I do
> know something about gnosticism, in the sense in which the word is used to describe
> religious movements in the Mediterranean world in the early centuries of the Christian
> era. Characteristic beliefs of these movements were that the physical world was some
> sort of inferior production of a lesser deity, and that salvation came through knowledge
> (hence the name) which would enable our true selves to be freed from the world. Of
> course I state this in very general terms: There was a wide variety of gnostic ideas.
> George L. Murphy
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